3 MAJOR COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES ON HOW TO TALK TO YOUR TEEN

3 MAJOR COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES ON HOW TO TALK TO YOUR TEEN

As any parent of a teen will tell you, they are not very forthcoming with information.  Ask any teenager how their day went, and many times you will hear “fine,” “good,” or simply “ok” as a response.  This can be frustrating when all a parent really wants is a close relationship with their teen to have a better understanding of their decision making process and to have peace of mind that they or actually, “fine.”

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THE INFAMOUS MIDDLE SCHOOL PEER PRESSURE: REAL STRATEGIES

THE INFAMOUS MIDDLE SCHOOL PEER PRESSURE: REAL STRATEGIES

A recent client of mine was severely bullied for having an iPhone older than a 5.  He asked his mom to change schools.  Another client was sent home in tears because he liked theatre more than sports.  Furthermore, a young girl was publicly shamed because it was discovered that she was sending naked pictures of herself to boys she liked because she was told they would like her. 

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NEGOTIATION SKILLS AS AN EFFECTIVE TEEN PARENTING STRATEGY

NEGOTIATION SKILLS AS AN EFFECTIVE TEEN PARENTING STRATEGY

Does this sound familiar?  “Because I am your parent and I said so!”  The next statement would sound like this, “well I am still not doing it and you can’t make me.”  Ultimately, this exchange ends with a behavioral escalation and then consequences.  None of which results in the desired task being completed.

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THE TOUGH TEEN TALK: WHAT NOT TO WEAR IN PUBLIC

THE TOUGH TEEN TALK: WHAT NOT TO WEAR IN PUBLIC

We all know the stories of teens hiding clothes in their backpacks so they can change at school.  This allows them to avoid the conflict of arguing with their parents about their choice in clothing, yet still have their preferred style of self-expression.  With the over-sexualized culture we live in, this can have devastating results. 

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