The most important part of a relationship is communication.
I’m sure that’s not the first time you’ve heard that. And it probably won’t be your last, either.
There’s a trend that teenagers grow apart from their parents during their adolescent stage. They have their own stuff going on, and they simply don’t want to be bothered by it.
It’s because they don’t think you, as their parent, understand.
This doesn’t have to be the case. You probably do understand, because you’ve probably been through what they’re going through.
So the question is how do you get -them- to know that you understand?
Well, communicate with them.
Easier said than done, as many other parents will tell you.
So here are 3 tips to keep in mind on how to communicate with your children:
Communicating doesn’t always mean talking. You can communicate and understand by just listening. If you can show your children that you can be a great listener, it’ll be easier for them to tell you things they normally keep from you.
2. Don’t control your children.
Encourage and support them instead. Teenagers, for the most part, are rebellious, and if there’s one thing that they hate the most, it’s people telling them what they can and can’t do.
3. Honor your children’s individuality.
Know, accept, and respect that they are their own person. Show them that you understand they aren’t like everyone else. This way, when you are connecting with your child, you’re connecting to just one child, and not everyone else.
Denny Hagel, a co-author of “The Law of Attraction: The Next Generation,” lays out 2 simple exercises to encourage mutual communication between you and your children. Visit his article to find out how you can do this.
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