Magazine article Work & Family Life

Keeping Communication Open with Teens

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Keeping Communication Open with Teens

Article excerpt

Think back to your own youth. Was the door open for you to go to your parents with your problems? Ask yourself:

When was the last time my child came to me asking for help?

Respectfully listening and talking to our kids is a powerful form of violence prevention. When we talk about what's weighing on their minds, they not only unburden themselves but they learn new coping skills and self-control.

Teens who have an open-door relationship with their parents are fortunate. In addition to receiving lots of TLC, they are more likely to ask for help when they're in trouble.

Getting past "Yeah, whatever..."

Getting through to our kids can be difficult. They can be sensitive, defensive, resistant and downright stubborn. Building bridges often involves trying something new.

The trick to passing through communication roadblocks and other diversionary tactics is to keep your focus. …

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