By creating an environment that encourages open communication, parents can build a relationship with their adolescent or teen that is based on trust, respect, and understanding. The following video illustrates and explains a variety of strategies that you can use to communicate with your child honestly and openly. These strategies can include using I-statements, discussing daily needs, and learning different phrases to help ensure your child is clearly understanding your intent when you speak to them. Utilizing positive communication strategies with your adolescent or teen may help everyone understand daily needs and expectations and avoid misunderstandings. In addition, creating a direct and honest pattern of communication can build an environment in which difficult or sensitive topics can be more easily broached and discussed.
To learn more, watch the Communicating with Adolescents and Teens mini-booster module video, below, that was developed by Thrive!
The universal Thrive parent-education programs, (i.e., Take Root, Sprout, Grow, and Branch Out), supplemental modules, and mini-booster modules are available for all parents for free at http://thrive.psu.edu.