Be There Emotionally
Pick up on emotions: When your child has noticeable emotion in their words or in their body language, attend to that feeling. It’s often useful to make an observation or restate what you hear them say. This sends the message that you are taking them and their feelings seriously. Example, you may say, “You’re upset because I’m not letting you go outside to play after its dark?” Reflective statements then allow your child to respond by affirming or clarifying what they are feeling and there is a better chance of more conversation.
“Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.”
Luke 12:40 KJV