How to Talk to Kids: The Importance of Communication

Why should you talk to your kids? Betsy Brown Braun, author of "Just Tell Me What to Say," explains why a back-and-forth dialogue is a great way to build trust.

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[MUSIC] Communication is really a critical element in parent-child relationships and in raising children. It's funny. You wouldn't think it needs to be because it comes naturally to all of us. But you do need to be thoughtful about your communication. Because it is the foundation for your relationship with your child. As here she grows up, and for his ability to find out things to understand the world, to have his emotional needs met, it's really important. I would encourage you to make sure that there's plenty of time in your daily life, for your child and you just to talk, to schmooze, to go over your day, to talk about things. Sometimes it's at bedtime. Sometimes it's when you are in the car, which is, by the way, my favorite time to talk to a child. It is critically important that you're always honest with your child. And that you always answer what he says. That you never say you shouldn't ask that question. You're too young to know that. I'll talk to you about it when you're older. Because that will shut down your child asking you questions. [MUSIC]

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