As seen on Supernanny, a Thought Box could help you re-build communication with your child.
Time to think...
It's easy for tension to build in a household where children and parents have stopped talking to one another. The thought box can help encourage communication, particularly when one child feels unfairly blamed in battles of sibling rivalry.
To create a Thought Box, decorate an empty box and give your child their own pad and pen to make a note of things that went well or that made her upset or cross during the day. She then posts these into the box.
One evening when her siblings are out of the way, the two of you sit down and go through the box together, giving her a less threatening way of telling you her thoughts.
To ensure you make time to review the Thought Box, why not schedule it into your Family Routine?
- TV Clip - Thought Box: Older brother Jared sometimes gets overlooked as his younger sisters demand more attention from his parents. The thought box helps re-start communication.
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- Family Routine: setting up a Family Routine may help your family use time more effectively. Your child will be reassured by the routine's structure, and everyone will know what's expected of them.