Communication Barriers With Children

(Part 1 in a 3 Part Series)
By Kate Jobe

The ability to communicate ones emotions and thoughts in a way they can be understood by others is probably the most important component of successful relationships. Succeeding in communicating your emotions and thoughts and then having them acknowledged and supported is equally important, regardless if you are an adult or a child.

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No Punishments, Many Rewards

I had started moving away from using punishments some time ago, for a combination of pragmatic and emotional reasons. Parenting-wise, 2013 was a difficult year for me, filled with intense sleep deprivation and a lot of mistakes (the two not being unrelated, obviously). It dawned on me slowly that time outs were not working to curb M’s aggressive behavior toward J, AND they were giving me intensely uncomfortable feelings, but I was really at a loss for what else to do. Still, I took one step in the direction of eliminating punishment: I quit using time outs.

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