Parent Child Relations
Steps to Remember When Celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Five Strategies to Maintain a Positive Relation with Your Child
Building a strong, close relationship with your child is important now, and as they grow. Our teens tell us that less than 1 in 3 teens feel that they can talk to their parent or caregiver about difficult topics. Our children are never too young, nor too old - building the relationship, and the communication, can start at any time. We offer these strategies to help you in this important work.
1. Support them with boundaries and expectations! - Encourage their interests - Turn struggles, failures, and mistakes into learning opportunities - Have clear, consistent, and reasonable rules, expectations, and consequences
2. Compliment them - Tell them you love them - often - Point out and thank them for good behavior, even minor things - Notice and praise specific efforts (“You really worked hard on that project”)
3. Recognize feelings
- Acknowledge and accept their feelings - Teach them to label their feelings - Model calm behaviors
4. Make time for them
- Make time when they’re ready to talk - Share meals together - Have them help with chores or projects
5. Listen without judgment
- Hear them before they hear you - Ask questions to understand their thinking - Listen for meaning in what they say (and don’t say)
Give your child the gift of a conversation with the Please Hear Me Out Card!
Print the following on an index card and laminate. Keep it accessible for all family members to use in time of need.
Easy Bible Pictures for Kids
Our Lady Queen of Peace
2700 South 19th Street
Arlington, Virginia, 22204, USA
Office hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm (closed on federal holidays)Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil: 4:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am, 2:00pm (Spanish)