Be There: Communication is Key - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Be There: Communication is Key

Posted: Updated:
  • NEWSMore>>

  • LaGrange woman hit by juvenile with cast iron skillet

    LaGrange woman hit with skillet by juvenile

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-07-28 13:15:06 GMT
    The LaGrange Police Department says an 88-year-old woman was struck in the head with a cast iron skillet by a male juvenile. Police say on July 27, at approximately 4:43 a.m., the Patrol Division respondedMore >>
    The LaGrange Police Department says an 88-year-old woman was struck in the head with a cast iron skillet by a male juvenile.More >>
  • Mom shoots at burglar trying to steal her car

    Mom shoots at burglar trying to steal her car

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:28 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:28:43 GMT
    A Columbus woman catches a man trying to steal her car and fires back literally. The car theft gone wrong happened late Friday evening. News Leader Nine's Tyrone McCoy caught up with the victim.More >>
    A Columbus woman catches a man trying to steal her car and fires back literally. The car theft gone wrong happened late Friday evening. News Leader Nine's Tyrone McCoy caught up with the victim.More >>
  • Scott’s Miracle Riders surprise Columbus teen cancer patient

    Scott’s Miracle Riders surprise Columbus teen cancer patient

    Friday, August 1 2014 10:28 AM EDT2014-08-01 14:28:09 GMT
    A local cancer patient got a big surprise Thursday from some folks with big hearts. Scott Ressmeyer and his Miracle Riders got together today to present an iPad and a money donation to Heith Holland.More >>
    A local cancer patient got a big surprise Thursday from some folks with big hearts. Scott Ressmeyer and his Miracle Riders got together today to present an iPad and a money donation to Heith Holland. The teen is a patient at the children's hospital at Midtown Medical Center.More >>

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  No matter what age your child is, communication is key. In this week's "Be There" we share some helpful tips to break the ice with your kids.

It's a habit most parents start early on -- talking with your kids, but sometimes as they get older, a gap starts to form and your children don't always come to you like they used to.

We spoke to a Juvenile Facilitator, Darlene Smith, who helps parents bridge that gap. She tells us that every age group has a different communication method parents should try. Remember eye contact is important, try to respect their privacy, take a leadership role in the conversation and most importantly... Listen.

Smith told News Leader Nine, "That primary relationship with the parent is a place where they want to go and they want to be sharing and growing and enjoying being cultivated in their own homes. That is a joy and something to look forward to as a family even when there's a conflict."

Another helpful tip is if you want your kids to practice a certain type of communication, be the model for that behavior. Smith also suggests initiating conversations in a relaxed environment and not to force the kids to talk if they don't want to.

©2010 WTVM. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.