Parents can take part in active and respectful listening - which simply means tuning in to what students have to say and, at times, to what they are feeling. The best response for parents is empathy, not answers, when teens share their new ideas and feelings. Active listening, repeating back what your student said to you, is a healthy and effective way to clarify meaning. By repeating words back to the speaker, you’re showing you heard him or her and that you acknowledge how he or she is feeling.
The ability to stay calm is critical to keep the communication lines open. Resist the urge to question, judge and criticize when you learn something new about your teen’s interests. Encourage your student to learn as much as possible about new interests or fields of study, and suggest finding out things together. That lets your son and daughter know your support is unconditional.
2/11/2018 08:29:27 pm
Positive communication helped me and my daughter compromise. Our children must know that we are here to help not to command them. They have their own interests and we need to respect it if they don’t want the things that we want for them. Shouting and restricting will only make them more rebellious. Children nowadays are so smart and they know if you are telling the truth. We have to be understanding. Thank you for reminding parents like me on how to care for our children.
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2/27/2018 09:51:39 pm
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