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Parenting Pipeline


A newsletter for parents of second-grade children from the North Dakota State University Extension Service

Parent Talk

How do you talk to your children?

Do you talk to them or with them?

Stop and listen. Would you want someone to talk to you that way?

Effective styles of parenting are based on mutual respect and open communications. Both parent and child allow each other to express feelings and ideas honestly, without fear of being rejected.

Guides to Effective Communication

To improve communication with a child, a parent can:

Research indicates that the permissive (no rules, little guidance) and authoritarian (strict rules, very controlling) styles of parenting result in more problems for a parent and child as the child grows. Children are best able to grow and learn in a home that uses a positive, authoritative approach. Allowing children to express themselves and openly communicate with you is an important part of a positive approach.

Here are some common parenting styles that will cause a child to feel inadequate and unacceptable. Do you recognize any of them?






This newsletter is published for North Dakota families with second-graders by the NDSU Extension Service and distributed through your county extension office. See your extension agent for more parenting information and other home economics programs.

NDSU Extension Service, North Dakota State University of Agriculture and Applied Science, and U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Sharon D. Anderson, Director, Fargo, North Dakota. Distributed in furtherance of the Acts of Congress of May 8 and June 30, 1914. We offer our programs and facilities to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, or disability; and are an equal opportunity employer.

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