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Five Tips to Help Parents Listen Picayune MS

The only way we can truly be sure that they are all right, or if something is troubling them, is if they feel they can confide in us on a person-to-person basis. But are we actually listening to them as equals, or are we listening to them with condescending ears and, in the process, inadvertently breaking these lines of communication between parent and child -- leaving them unwilling to come to us for help?

Robert Lott
(985) 516-3298
Bogalusa, LA
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Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Mrs. Phylandria Hudson
Independent
(601) 832-5825
1618 Pear Orchard Place
Jackson, MS
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Credentials: LMSW
Licensed in Mississippi
6 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Behavioral Problems, Family Dysfunction, Parenting Issues, Anger Management
Populations Served
Disabled, Caregivers, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
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Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17)

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Wendie Wren Woods
(662) 338-1880
Starkville, MS
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Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Disaster Counseling
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National Certified Counselor

Chandrea Walker
(662) 429-7825
Hernando, MS
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Career Development, Childhood & Adolescence, Counselor Education, Couples & Family, School
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National Certified School Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Cheryl A Green
(662) 326-4445
Marks, MS
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Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

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(601) 569-1583
8418 Spiers Rd.
CARRIERE, MS
Gender
Female
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Ph.D in Marriage and Family Therapy, M.D. D.C.H- Pediatrics and Neonatology

Cassandra Palmer
(662) 312-2922
Starkville, MS
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
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National Certified Counselor

Pam Stowers
(601) 460-0934
11 Northtown Drive
Jackson, MS
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School: Mississippi State University
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Years In Practice: 20+ Years
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$130 - $140
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Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Charissa Jones
(601) 818-4110
Hattiesburg, MS
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Valerie D Fields
(662) 377-3988
Tupelo, MS
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

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Five Tips to Help Parents Listen

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Parent & Child

Parents, Are You Listening or Lecturing to Your Kids? Five Tips to Help You Listen
By Julie Scandora 
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Feb 11, 2009, 10:44
   

Seattle, WA - The knowledge that our children are safe, happy and emotionally sound is one of our greatest concerns. If they were being traumatized by something at school or, even worse, the attentions of a predator, we would want to be the first to know.

The only way we can truly be sure that they are all right, or if something is troubling them, is if they feel they can confide in us on a person-to-person basis. But are we actually listening to them as equals, or are we listening to them with condescending ears and, in the process, inadvertently breaking these lines of communication between parent and child -- leaving them unwilling to come to us for help?

"Children don't seem to get as much respect as other members of society," says Julie Scandora, teacher and author of the book 'Rules Are Rules.' "They experience the same emotional obstacles as adults, but this is often overlooked by grown-ups. Parents need to treat children with respect and ensure a trusting relationship."

Here are five of Julie's tips to help you communicate more effectively with your children:

1. Listen. It sounds obvious, but if your children don't think they will be heard, they won't go to you with the hard questions or problems.

2. Create opportunities for interaction with your kids. Families spend so much time apart these days. Use 'car time' -- such as the 20-minute drive to school – as a time to communicate with your children.

3. Lead by example. Far too many parents opt for the 'do as I say not as I do' method. But this sends mixed messages to children regarding important situations.

4. Respect the child's intuition. We all have 'gut feelings,' and if kids are encouraged to trust theirs, they will be able to heed their intuition in dicey situations when we aren't around to help.

5. Don't confuse 'respect' with 'giving in.' It is important that the parental role is not usurped. Don't give in to kids just to diffuse a problematic situation. Instead communicate with them and let them know why rules are rules.

By showing our children that we are receptive to what they have to say and that we are willing to talk with them, not just at them, we can help them gain confidence and maturity, but we need to make sure we are practicing what we preach.

"Perhaps we need to start with ourselves, don't we!" laughs Julie, "But if we give our children the respect we give our peers, they will be better prepared to deal with whatever life throws at them. And when they encounter something for which they are still too young to deal with by themselves, they'll naturally come to us for advice."

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Julie Scandora is a teacher, editor, author and mother of three. She holds a BA from Smith and an MBA from the University of Washington and has taught c...

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