Teenagers, A Whole Different World:
Increasing Communication With Your Teen
Adolescence is a time of significant change. Relationships with parents and peers begin to change and adolescents start to develop a sense of self-identity separate from their parents. This often contributes to conflict between child and parents. Positive parent-child relationships has been shown to impact the healthy development of peer social relationships with adolescents. Parents really do make a difference! Read on to find out ways to improve the communication with your teen and decrease conflict.
Do your want to argue less with your teenager?
As parents we model communication to our children. When we practice good communication skills, they learn from us. Implementing these tools in family communication can decrease the extent of the arguments. Encourging our children to do learn these techniques can benefit them too!
Sharing Control Through Positive Choices
Growing up can be just as hard on parents when it comes to relinquishing control of decisions. Parents can play an important role in allowing children to make good decisions by giving them opportunities to practice and improve their decision making skills at home.
The Blame Game
Blame is defense mechanism or coping skill that we develop to help us deal with a situation. However, blame often contributes to others being defensive and conflict developing. The short video show a good example of how blame can be counter productive for us.
Brené Brown on Blame
Do You Need More Specific Resources?
If you are in need of more specific resources regarding child/parent or family dynamic issues please contact your intervention counselor or guidance counselor on your school campus. We are available to assist you with resources at the school or in the community that are available to meet your needs.