How to Connect with Your Teen
Teenager Communication Tips for Parents
By: Taylor_Blue on: Sun 10 of Jun, 2007 [18:54 UTC] (1510 reads)
Your teen is an amazing thing to watch. They are exploring, testing and developing. The teenager's room is always a mess and the music is always loud, but your teen is trying to figure out where they fit in this crazy world. The good news is that we can help our teenagers by connecting better.
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Here are some great ways to stay connected with your teen.
- Make an effort daily to motivate your teen. They need to be shown who they are and who they are becoming. To get your teen to think about going in the right direction try doing some of these things with them.
- Take them to the zoo
- Spend some time with them at a bookstore once a month.
- Play complex card games with them.
- Be consistent with your expectations. Changing your expectations will just confuse your teen. They need to know what is expected of them. If you try to be fair to them it will create a security and respect without the power struggle.
There are words that you can use to help your teen be caring and kind to members of your family and others.
- Forgiveness: this will help them to let go of the pain and move on
- Trust: create mutual trust with your teen; this will keep any worries or fears of your teen’s years to a minimum.
- Thank you: Saying this to your teen shows you think what they have done is meaningful and valuable.
- Appreciate: If you appreciate your teen you show them unconditional love. This makes your teen feel like they are important in this world.
- Sorry: If you can say this to your teen it will show them that you are not always right and it’s ok to admit an error.
- Tomorrow: Tell your teen tomorrow is another day to start over again. It can give them hope that difficult times will pass.
- Respect: Respect your teen that they are an individual who is one of a kind. Always search for the middle ground with your teen.
- Courage: To keep trying through anything gives the message to your teen that you’re courageous. This will help your teen and give them the confidence to keep trying, even if they keep failing.
Family is what helps your teen survive through these years. If you can help them by making it easier, everyone will enjoy this time.