What Are Some Ways to Improve Communication & Your Relationship with Your Teenager?

The terrible twos… more like the terrible teens!

In the first part of the two-part episode series on parenting teenagers, Lee Ann elaborates on the following topics to help improve communication and hopefully better your relationship with your teenager:

  • Using “neutral ground communication” when trying to improve communication.
  • The best and worst time to try and talk to your teens.
  • How to empathize with them instead of judging them.
  • The importance of following through with consequences for misbehavior or disobedience.
  • Why you should establish rules and regulations early on.
  • The benefits of showing remorse to your child instead of having guilt – healthy remorse will benefit both you and your teen, and harmful guilt could cause destruction beyond repair.
  • Seeking community and wisdom from other Christian parents or the church and not be embarrassed.
  • Reading between your teens’ words and anger – they don’t actually hate you!

A recommended resource to help you improve communication with your teen: Boundaries with Teens: When to Say Yes How to Say No, by Dr. John Townsend.

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