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Its not what you say its how you say Parents have a lot on their mind and sometimes its tough to slow down and focus on how theyre communicating The style you use when speaking is as important as the words you choose If you speak hurriedly your listener will most likely come away with an impression that you were preoccupied or in a hurry regardless of what you said Most people are unconscious of their body language but it speaks volumes about what theyre really thinking Watching your body language as well as that of your child can help you learn to modify what you say so that your child hears you Some things to watch for in your kids and in Body posture When you speak are you slouching or turned away from your child Do you point a finger Facial expression Are your eyebrows furrowed or raised Are you smiling squinting or crying Is your Your voice Is your tone sarcastic sneering or accusatory Are you whining or shouting Your words Do you command instead of communicate tell instead of suggest Are your words ambiguous biting or accusatory Your mood Are you tired preoccupied frustrated or irritable Are you focused on the situation at hand If you recognize some of these tendencies in yourself make a concerted effort to change your manner because they only hinder communication If you arent sure what your body language says while youre speaking try to be more aware and take control of yourself the next time you speak with your child When your body language echoes the sentiments youre expressing you make it easier for your child to understand youI think
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