Find something to keep the kids busy. This may be easier said than done, depending on the age of your kids. However, most of us have a handful of activities that will get our kid’s attention for at least a bit of time. TV and screen time are often helpful for when you have something that needs to get done, but I think most of us will admit this isn’t the most ideal solution. Think creatively and buy activity toys like coloring in and reading books that will keep them occupied... Worked for me.
The quickest way to get a child to open up is to do something silly. Let’s all stop taking our adult selves so seriously and head to the playground with our young people. Don’t be afraid to have a tea party with your 4-year-old, pretend you’re a horse and let your child climb on your back or go toss a Frisbee in the backyard even if that is not strength of yours. I believe it’s a great thing for them to see us not succeed and still carry on. It will give them permission to do the same.
We sit around the table for dinner every night which we have made compulsory. Everyone gets a chance to talk about the day's events, school work or to air problems and grievances. Make sure you communicate openly with your kids and show them that you are there for them.
I found that allowing my son to get involved on all the activities in our family has modified his behaviour to do more around the house and as a result he has become more confident. My wife has taught him to cook and I have shown him how to do many practical tasks around the house as well.
Teach teenagers responsibilities as soon as you can, and show them that you can trust them by leaving them alone with responsibilities you can entrust them with. We get them involved in cooking and laundry and budgeting. For example like we have done, you can send them shopping for groceries with a list and a certain amount of cash, allow them to work out how much it will all cost them.
I think that a lot of us feel like our children should have an intrinsic desire to read… just for the love of reading, because most adults get that feeling. You will be amazed that withy the right tools and training children can start reading from a very young age. As a parent invest in a reading training course for kids that really works like I have... and help them through it motivating them by rewarding them as they progress!