Pretty much what the titles say.
I often feel like I am lecturing my kids, and that they hear whenever I talk to them on certain topics (school, chores, etc) or try to share tips that worked for me.
Ex: (this is just the latest, it happens constantly).
DS is having some issues with time management and tackling school projects. I have some tips and suggestions for him, but all he he says when I speak is "I know, mom". Well, DS, if you "know" you are not showing it!
Today I played the Mother's Day card - told him I was going to talk for 3 minutes on the subject and he was going to listen and repeat back my messages because it was Mother's Day. Take that, DS! I wish every day were Mother's Day…...
So, two questions:
Can you talk to your children without feeling like you are lecturing them (and without them feeling lectured to)?
Do you have any tips on how to achieve this - particulalry if you went through a period where you felt like you were lecturing/talking to a brick wall - but now feel like you can get your messages across better?