Topic 1 Introduction

Scenario: You come home from work and want to spend time alone with your child. Your child has sought you out during the day because he or she was upset about an incident at school and really wants to share it with you. You just sit down to talk and:

  1. The neighbour rings the doorbell. The neighbour is a very nice and kind elderly woman. She comes for a recipe, brings you some of the new cake to try. She is very talkative.
  2. A friend of yours rings you on the phone to see you on the weekend. She wants to tell you something important.
  3. A classmate of your child calls to find out about homework because she has been absent.
  4. Your husband calls angry because the store tried to cheat on him.

All of this happens in 1 minute intervals and the conversation with your child is ruined. The child walks out of the room and says they don’t want to talk to you because you ignore them, don’t understand them and always put others before them. You start yelling and trying to get them back in the room, but it has no effect.

What happened? Why? Was there something that was interfering with communication? Have you ever been in a similar situation? What did you do? Do you remember a situation where you had a very good time with your child? What conclusions can we draw about communication?

Conclusions: There are conditions that hinder and ones that help communication between parents and children. Above all, communication requires effort, it requires time, calm, attention and participation of both parties, it needs a common theme and perseverance