1. Foster frequent conversations
Having regular conversations on different topics, applications they use and technological habits for instance, helps to keep abreast of changes in your teen’s life. It also helps broach sensitive subjects. The main idea is to avoid having discussions with your child solely to share your concerns or to address a pressing issue.
2. Show an interest, be open to dialogue
Listening and being open, as opposed to controlling, is essential to harmonious communication with your teen. Teenagers who feel judged or fear punishment will not speak freely and could avoid talking to you, even if they need help. Letting them know you are always there for them, in any circumstances, may encourage discussions. Talking about your own adolescence, letting your teen know how you felt and what you thought at their age, might also help.
3. Bring up things around you and use tools
It may be easier to share your concerns by using situations that aren’t personal. Bringing into play something you saw in a film or series and asking questions like “what would you have done?” is an effective way of introducing sensitive issues. Specialized tools, such as these short videos and related discussion guides on how to address different situations, are another.
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