3. They Provide Emotional Support
Critics say they’re “hovering,” but many parents call it “paying attention.”
One of the most important things a parent does that communicates safety and trust is to look at and listen to their child. A car ride to school in the morning or after school activity provides an opportunity to build connections.
QUICK TIP: Turn on your ears and ask questions that encourage insight, not just facts. “What do you think…” and “How do you feel…” Most kids just want a safe space to express themselves. Establishing that space early on will reap rewards as adolescence rears its head.