5 signs that the parent/child relationship is breaking down or under strain.

How To Deal With Communication Breakdown With Children

Every parent wishes to have a strong, positive relationship with their children, however sometimes despite our best efforts, it can begin to fall apart.

Building a healthy relationship with our children can be a difficult and complex process and there is plenty of scope for issues along the way. However, if these issues are left unresolved, it can cause a strained relationship with your child and may even have a long- term effect on their development.

If you are struggling to cope, here are 5 telling signs that your relationship with your child is breaking down and what you can do to fix it…

1. Lack of communication

Healthy, effective communication is essential in a maintaining a good parent child relationship, however, in today’s busy modern world it can quickly and easily break down. If your relationship is strained, your child may give you the “silent treatment”, find it hard to open up or resist in engaging in discussion. If you feel as though there is a communication gap at home, you should seek to fix it as soon as possible.

2. Lack of respect

When children lack respect, relationships can suffer. Respect is a two way thing and when you earn your children’s respect, they also learn to respect themselves and others well. If you are noticing a pattern of disrespectful behaviour at home, then it may be a sign you need to start getting respect back from your children.

3. Lack of attention

Lack of attention is another sign of a breaking relationship. If a child is feeling neglected they might act out, misbehave or display attention seeking behaviour – these are all signs that there is a problem that needs to be resolved immediately.

4. Behavioural problems

It is common for a strained parent-child relationship to manifest itself as bad behaviour. Unacceptable behaviours such as violence, aggression and disrespect at home or at school all indicate that something is amiss.

5. Lack of interest

If you find that you don’t know much about your children’s hobbies, friends or school life then it could indicate your relationship is falling apart. By showing an interest in all aspects of your child’s life, it lets them know that you value and care about them.

What to do

If you are noticing any of these symptoms at home, the first thing to remember is that you are not alone. Many parents struggle with the same issues and most are easily preventable if you take time to understand them. Developing a great relationship with your children is a process that takes time and effort. Changes don’t happen overnight, but if you are willing to change the culture in your home, then Katherine Elizabeth is here to help…

How Katherine can help

As a specialist in parenting solutions, Katherine Elizabeth has helped many parents identify the cause of their frustrations and offer clear, straightforward advice on how to fix them.

Working together, Katherine will help you restore a breaking relationship with your child and guide you in creating a calm and relaxing home environment.

If you think Katherine may be able to help you, please call for a no-obligation chat on 01625 909209.