Creating Stronger Connections

All families have times when connecting is tough. As children age, relationships change. Here are some new ways to engage and improve your family’s connections.

  • Reassure your child that you see how he/she is feeling.
  • Help your child to name his/her emotional state.
  • Discuss possible coping skills and ways to transition to a more neutral state.
  • Set up goals together around behavior and character traits.
  • Build strong transitions that includes time to self-soothe.
  • Get on the child’s level physically to talk to them.
  • Provide your child with the expectations of a situation prior to being there.
  • Avoid escalation by noticing triggers and acknowledging them.
  • Find time to enjoy each other’s company and shared interests.

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