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April 30, 2024

At Momentum Academy St. Louis, we recognize that difficult conversations between parents and scholars can be daunting. However, equipped with the right tools and support, these discussions can become opportunities for growth and understanding within the family unit. Our Social Workers, Raneeka Gause and Marlice House, offer invaluable guidance for navigating these sensitive discussions with care and empathy during April’s installment of the Social Workers’ Side Bars

Firstly, active listening forms the foundation of effective communication. By giving your undivided attention, practicing empathy without judgment, and acknowledging your child’s perspective, you create a safe space for open dialogue. Remember to avoid interrupting and truly listen to what your child has to say.

Nonverbal communication plays a crucial role in conveying support and understanding. Pay attention to your posture, facial expressions, and tone of voice. Maintain an open and welcoming demeanor to encourage your child to express themselves freely.

When it comes to language, clarity and conciseness are key. Use age-appropriate language and avoid euphemisms. Let your child know they can approach you about anything and that you will provide honest and straightforward answers.

Finally, feedback and follow-up are essential for reinforcing trust and support. After the conversation, offer feedback and check in on how your child is feeling. Follow up shortly afterward to ensure they feel heard and supported.

For more detailed guidance, we encourage you to watch our video or go through the PowerPoint presentation provided by our Momentum Academy St. Louis Social Workers

By following these four tips, you can navigate difficult conversations with confidence, creating a strong foundation for communication and understanding within your family. Remember, we are here to support our families every step of the way.

Gause: Fox Park/Tower Grove East

House: Gravois Park/Tower Grove South


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