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Parenting Tip 1 : Communicating with your child

If you want to talk to your child about something, go over to him or her, bend down and look into your child’s eyes.  Tell your child calmly that you need to tell him/her something.  Don’t talk until the TV, or other source of distraction, is paused. eg” I need you to pause the TV so that I can tell you something please.” If what you have to say can wait a while, try to find a convenient time for the child. You may find it necessary with an older child to negotiate a suitable time.