It’s the Way You Say It: Why Your Child Isn’t Listening to You

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As a parent, it can be frustrating when your child doesn’t listen to you. You may feel like you are speaking to a brick wall or screaming into a void. However, it’s important to understand that the way you communicate with your child can have a big impact on their willingness to listen and cooperate.

At Rocky Mountain Psychological Services (RMPS) in Calgary, we specialize in helping parents develop effective communication skills with their children with our parent coaching services, as well as offering help with parenting strategies. Here are some common reasons why your child may not be listening to you. Contact us today!

Inconsistent Boundaries

Children thrive on structure and routine, and when boundaries are inconsistent, it can lead to confusion and frustration. If you are not consistent in enforcing rules and consequences, your child may not take you seriously when you try to discipline them.

Negative Tone

Using a negative tone can make your child defensive and less receptive to what you are saying. Instead of using a negative or critical tone, try to use a positive tone and focus on what your child can do instead of what they can’t do.


Lecturing your child can feel overwhelming and may cause them to tune you out. Instead of lecturing, try to use brief and concise language that is easy for your child to understand.


At Rocky Mountain Psychological Services in Calgary, we work with parents to develop effective communication and parenting strategies that are tailored to their child’s unique needs. We can help you learn how to set consistent boundaries, use positive language, avoid lecturing, and show empathy towards your child. By improving your communication skills, you can build a stronger and more positive relationship with your child, and help them feel more willing to listen to you. Contact us for parent coaching or for a child psychologist today!

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