I’m reading a marvelous book for parents of teens titled 7 Things Your Teenager Won’t Tell You — And How to Talk About them Anyway by Jenifer Lippincott and Robin Deutsch, Ph.D. The first fundamental principle to to make a promise to keep the conversation going. I have been talking about this for years. I learned how to keep talking with my daughter while she was a teen and still keep it going as a young adult. It’s up to the adult to learn the necessary communication skills.
Learning how to listen without blocking communication is key. Be willing to self reflect and grow as a person because you are committed to build a strong relationship with your teenager.
Then, the authors share The Three Rules of Play upon which to base discipline and freedom giving decision.
Rule #1: Stay Safe
Rule #2: Show Respect
Rule #3: Stay in Touch
I strongly recommend this book. I’ll be teaching how to create a closer and more cooperative relationship with your teenager in my 7-week complete webinar series Is My Teen Crazy or Am I? Be the Anchor in Their Storm. The webinar starts on January 29, 2013. Go to my website to find out how you can truly change a challenging parent-teen relationship and actually like each other, most of the time!
Follow this link: https://bridges2understanding.com/hp/webinar-details.
©2013 Cynthia Klein has been a Certified Parent Educator since 1994. She works with dads, moms and organizations who want more cooperation, mutual respect and understanding between adults and children of all ages. Cynthia presents her expertise through speaking, webinars, and private parent coaching sessions. She is a member of the National Speakers Association and writes the Middle School Mom column for the magazine Parenting on the Peninsula. Contact Cynthia at bridges 2 understanding, bridges2understa.wpstagecoach.com or call 650. 341.0779.