Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6Communication Tips 13. Discuss serious topics and encourage your child to express his/her opinion. Show respect for your child’s ideas. 14. Ask open-ended questions that require more than one word answers. Instead of “How was school?”say“Tell me about your day.” 15. Talk to your child about the dangers of alcohol, drugs, and smoking. Make sure your child knows where you stand on these issues. 16. Be very specific in your communication. Instead of saying“Be home early”say“Be home by 9:00.” 17. If your child talks to you about a problem, don’t feel that you have to fix it. Often young people just want someone to listen. Be available to listen when your child wants to talk. 18. Tell your child to use you as an excuse if he/she is in a difficult or uncomfortable situation. “I can’t do that. I have to get home.” 19. Eat dinner as a family. Turn off the TV, silence all phones, and talk about your day. 20. Tell family stories. Hearing family stories gives children a sense of belonging.