One way for parents to model good communication skills for their children is to use "I" messages.
There are three parts to an "I" message.
1. I feel_________________(use an emotion)
2. when_________________(describe a specific situation)
3. because_______________(say how it affects you).
"I" messages tell your child how you feel. It's more effective than yelling. It teaches your child more appropriate ways to share their feelings and solve problems.