When you fell in love with your partner and decided to have kids, you probably didn’t know what you were getting yourself into. You probably had baby fever, and saw some cute little socks that spoke to you. Then before you know it, you have a baby that cries a lot. You figure out a routine and eventually you master the baby phase of your child’s life.
Then comes the kid phase. This phase is when your kid starts talking, and going to school. Other people are now influencing your child. It’s no longer your family helping you take care of them. Your child will start hearing things and asking a lot of questions. They even start forming their own opinions and perspectives. Now you’re probably more terrified to talk to them and find out what they know. However, you need to talk to them.
Talking to your kid(s) will help you get to know them better. Yes, it may be intimidating to talk to them about things you’re not comfortable with since you may still see them as an innocent infant. Breaking down those barriers of discomfort will only benefit your relationship with your kid. By doing this, future conversations won’t be as awkward for you.
Having an open channel of communication with your child will grant you the ability to tell whether or not they are being bullied. Let’s face it, bullying is bad, and it seems to be extremely rampant at schools. If your kid feels comfortable talking with you, they are more likely to come to you with their problems. This gives you the opportunity to help your kid deal with a bully in a healthy and mature way. Being able to talk with your kid about their feelings will save you possible heartache down the line. Further down the line, your kid may be less likely to go to jail if they know they can talk to you about their problems.