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Model an environment of calmness, openness and safety to ask questions.
“Throughout childhood and teen years, parents modeling calm, support and openness, rather than confrontational questioning, encourages children and teens to feel safe to raise topics for discussion over time,” Musa says. Tell your children that they can come to you about anything and you won’t get angry with them. You can help your child stay open and process things as they come up by using good listening skills, such as repeating what your child tells you back to them, trying to empathize with their perspective and helping them problem-solve when issues come up. Continuing to do this will help your children feel safe coming to you when they encounter any issues or problems.