Improving communication - top tips for parents

Parenting NI

Communication skills are vitally important for both children and adults. Good communication between you and your child is of paramount importance for developing a positive relationship. Positive communication is key to building self-esteem and mutual respect, therefore the earlier you develop these skills the better.

Be available 

Make time to talk to your child without any distractions, even 10 minutes a day can make a big difference in establishing good communication habits. Turn off the TV, put away technology and spend some quality time together.

Be a good listener 

Listening to your child will help them feel valued. Ask your child about their day and how they feel. Active listening will help your child know that you hear them and understand what they are trying to say.

Be a good role model

Remember, children learn by example. Give your child eye contact when talking to them and speak clearly. Use words and tones in your voice that you would want your child to use.

Read with your child

Reading with your children helps to strengthen their vocabulary, knowledge, and understanding of the world around them. It also creates opportunities for you and your child to enjoy spending time together. It is never too early to begin reading to your child, and no book is ever too short.

Be clear 

Be clear and use age appropriate language. Remember your child’s  language level – try not to use words or sentences that your child will not understand.

Give praise

Praising your child is important and encourages positive behaviours. Praising children’s efforts will reinforce open communication and build self esteem. 

Useful resources

This scheme applies to teachers who adopt a child from within the UK or overseas (subject...
This scheme applies to all teachers to provide leave to care for their child or support...
This document explains entitlement to parental leave. To view the document, click the...
This document explains how statutory annual leave entitlement is to apply when a teacher...
This scheme applies to all eligible teachers to provide leave to care for their child or...
This programme aims to provide parents with the skills to achieve a calmer and violent...
Anger is a normal emotion, which most parents experience on a regular basis. It is often...
The Engage service provides a family therapy programme available to professionals working...
In Ctrl is a group work programme for children and young people that aims to help them...
The teenage years can be notoriously challenging but this programme can help you navigate...
Just Ask is a unique Relationships and Sexuality Education programme working specifically...
The Mums Wellness Project is an early-stage intervention project for expectant mums aged...
We’ve gathered useful advice, information and help for young people aged 8-25 and those...
Seeking Solutions offers children and young people help and support to deal with problems...
Get help finding missing relatives abroad through our international family tracing...
Parenting NI can deliver a range of 12 needs-led Employee Wellbeing Seminars to parent...
This is delivered to expectant mothers and parents of babies under 3 years of age. It has...
The Dads Project supports dads in Northern Ireland who are separating, separated or...
The Engage service provides a family therapy programme available to professionals working...
This programme provides parents with a greater awareness of mental health issues and...
The Parenting Children’s Challenging Behaviour programme will: Help parents understand...
Steps to Cope has been developed specifically for young people who have experienced...
The Family Wellness Project is an early intervention mental health project for children...
The Parenting Apart Programme is aimed at parents who have separated, are separating,...
Speakeasy is a Public Health Agency funded, community based teaching programme for...
Positive Minds for Premature Parents supports families of premature babies to develop and...
Fun, fast food for less. This is a practical six-week nutrition programme aimed at...
Looking after a crying baby is hard but for some families it can lead to stress,...
Our Mood Matters Young People programme is aimed at 14-18 year olds and gives them...
Families Together is a partnership project between Parenting NI and New Life Counselling...
The British Red Cross home care services will provide you with the support and care to...
First aid advice
Support hub for mothers
Pregnancy and guidance for after birth
Baby and child first aid
Our free Easy Meals app is a great way to eat foods that are healthier for you. You’ll...
Nutrition scanner
Music timer for brushing teeth
Parenting support at your fingertips! The Parenting NI app offers tips on topics such as...