Prepare for tough conversations by planning your message, staying calm, and being open-minded to unexpected information.
Active listening helps with tough conversations. Listen deeply, summarize and avoid interruptions or judgments. A casual approach can be helpful.
Honesty is key with your child. Admit when you don't have answers. Children can sense when parents are not honest, leading to distrust.
Simplify the facts and use age-appropriate language when talking to kids about tough topics. Avoid unnecessary details.
Teach children to recognize and manage their emotions during difficult conversations. Acknowledge their feelings and avoid sharing your own anxiety.
A successful tough conversation ends with your child feeling loved and empowered. Follow up, address worries, and find solutions.