Phone Calls With the Other Parent

Showing excitement is a very normal reaction for any child and especially for those that are experiencing a little separation anxiety from the calling parent. No parent should read to deep into how his or her child reacts to a telephone call from the other parent, because there are so many elements that can influence a specific reaction. If you discover that the enthusiasm to talk on the phone diminishes during a single phone conversation or gradually over several, do not get discouraged. If your child is interrupted with the phone call, expect a shorter and possibly meaningless conversation. Also, over use of the phone as a tool to keep in touch can cause a child to be disinterested. It is recommended to mix the communication up with letters, e-mail and phone calls if possible.

If your child never wants to talk to the other parent on the phone, you should start by making him or her take part in the conversation or punishment is the alternative. Second, you should make sure that you are not present in the room when the conversation takes place. Having you listen to the conversation may make your child feel uncomfortable. Of the phone conversations are not working, try to write down or remember what the atmosphere, time and circumstance of each call was in order to determine a trend. Hopefully you will discover the best or better times to make your phone calls.

One of the biggest mistakes that a parent can make is falsely accusing the other parent of influencing a child to not want to participate in phone conversations. This is the most common assumption made by most parents, but each parent needs to realize that talking to his or her child on the phone, sometimes several times a day, is very new, and does not always yield the best experience.

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