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Tips for Communicating With Kids

April 11, 2023

“Why won’t they just listen?” Whether you’re dealing with a toddler who won’t clean up their toys or a teen who’s giving you the silent treatment, communicating with kids can be tough. And even though we all know that yelling rarely helps, it’s hard to keep your cool during frustrating conversations — especially when your child is getting worked up too.

This week on childmind.org, we round up resources on communicating effectively with kids of any age. We have strategies for talking to toddlers in ways they can understand and giving instructions that kids will actually follow. We also have tips for keeping the lines of communication open with teens while still respecting their independence. Plus, an overview of auditory processing disorder, which can make it look like kids aren’t listening when really they’re struggling to process what they hear.

– Hannah Sheldon-Dean, Managing Editor | 

Related Resources

Calm Voices, Calmer Kids

Less yelling means better communication.


Ask an Expert: Our Three-Year-Old Daughter Doesn’t Listen

How to respond to a toddler who doesn’t follow directions.


How to Give Effective Instructions

Ways to help kids get the message you’re trying to send.


Talking to Toddlers

Communication kids will actually respond to.


Tips for Communicating With Your Teen

Keeping the parent-child relationship strong during a tricky age.


What Is Auditory Processing Disorder?

When kids are listening, but not taking in information.


Help! My Teen Stopped Talking to Me

Staying in touch while respecting kids’ independence.


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