Since children are not equipped with instruction manuals, sometimes we might feel that we are failing our children and not quite know what to do.
There are plenty of parenting resources that are available to you to help you increase your communication with your child and boost both your and your child's self esteem.
Some of the resources that you can find are on the internet, in books or closer to home in the form of other parents, friends, family, local parenting groups and so on.
By reading up on different aspects of parenting and talking to people who you trust about parenting you can feel better and also try out some new techniques that may help you.
There are a wealth of websites that are authored by different people with various levels of expertise and experience with parenting.
Some of the strategies that they suggest will work for you at improving communication with your child or improving a specific situation that you are confronting - from setting routines to making play dough.
Some websites are created by psychologists who specialize in children, doctors, nurses, teachers, social workers, as well as regular parents who have learned different techniques that work for them through trial and error and personal experience.
Improving the way that you communicate with your child is essential in order to build a rich and trusting relationship.
One of the key things that you can do in order to facilitate this is to have a time each day when you both spend time together exclusively doing something.
It could be playing a board game, reading a book, throwing a baseball or anything at all as long as you both have each other's undivided attention.
During this quality time your child has the chance to share things that are happening with them and may be worrying them.
You can also use this time to talk to them about things to do with them and give them some positive reinforcement to build their self-esteem as well as reinforcing behavior that is expected and desired by you.
If you need some ideas about how to foster a better relationship and communication ability with your child, then utilizing the many parenting resources that are available online is a step in the right direction.
When you are working on your relationship with your child your confidence in your parenting will sky rocket.