Development Early School Radio Shows — 26 December 2012
Non-judgmental Communication

 How to talk and listen to your kids so they feel valued.


Sometimes it’s all too easy to jump to conclusions or state our opinion before we’ve really listened to what our kids have to say.  But to really communicate with our kids in a way that makes them feel valued, requires us, as parents, to really hear to what they have to say before we pass judgment. Dr. Sam Goldstein, co-author of Raising Resilient Children elaborates on non-judgmental communication. “Non-judgmental communication implies that I’m willing to listen first to make sure I understand what you’re saying, I want to learn your opinion and I’m not going to pass judgment on it. I just want to understand it, and then I will let you know what I think.”

Dr. Goldstein adds that not being judged is  ”an important need we all have, to feel that we’re being heard.  It’s very difficult to have an open line of communication with someone if they begin the interaction with something that’s critical and judgmental.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is a psychiatrist Dr. Sam Goldstein, co-author of Raising Resilient Children. Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show.

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