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How to get your child to talk to you when it really matters
Do you have one-way conversations with your child? Does your child answer your well-meaning question with “I’m fine”, “I'm good”, “Don’t worry about it”? If they do, you aren’t alone. But from young people’s perspectives, parents' questions can feel like interrogations, so they respond by shutting down or answering so vaguely that the questions stop.

How do we get beyond this dynamic? How much do parents really need to know about their children’s lives? Parents can believe that the more they know about their children, the more they can help their kids. But is that true? This webinar will cover:

-How can parents encourage their children to share their feelings, experiences, and challenges?
-How can parents deepen their connection and improve communication with their teens; especially if young people worry about their parents’ judgments or reactions?
-How and when should teens share with their parents or other trusted adults when their friends are struggling with stress and anxiety?
-What are easy ways for parents to create openness and trust when their children come to them with a problem?
-What should parents avoid saying when their children come to them with a problem?
-What should parents say and do when their child backs off from discussion?

Dec 8, 2021 02:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Nicholas Thompson
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Nicholas Thompson, LCSW, earned a BA in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a MA in Social Work from the University of North Dakota. He has worked with youth and their families for 13+ years in a variety of settings inc. middle and high school, private practice, residential treatment facilities, and detention centers. In addition, he has worked abroad with youth in Brazil and Costa Rica. He has a private practice in Boulder, Colorado, gives trainings and presentations to students, staff of school districts, and parents, and hosts a podcast called “Perspective for Parents.” His past professional experience includes working for the St. Vrain Valley School District as a Mental Health Interventionist, and serving as lead parent facilitator for iTHRIVE, an early substance abuse intervention program for teens and their parents. He is passionate about assisting youth and their families realizing adolescence is a time of great opportunity and not just a phase to survive.
Knox Leonard
Student Advisor @Cultures of Dignity
Knox Leonard is a 16 year old junior from Colorado who enjoys nature and spending time with friends. He is passionate about mental health and world affairs.
Audrey Asante
Student Advisor @Cultures of Dignity
Audrey Asante is a senior at Lincoln Community School in Accra Ghana. She is an intern at Upkey.
Rosalind Wiseman
Co-Founder & Chief Visionary Officer @Cultures of Dignity
From where we learn to where we work, Rosalind Wiseman fosters civil dialogue and inspires communities to build strength, courage and purpose. She is the founder of Cultures of Dignity; an organization that shifts the way communities think about our physical and emotional well-being by working in close partnership with the experts of those communities-young people, educators, policy makers, and business and political leaders. National media regularly depends on Wiseman’s expertise on ethical leadership, conflict, media literacy, youth culture, parenting, and bullying prevention. She has been profiled in The New York Times, People, Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and USA Today. Wiseman is a frequent guest on national media like The Today Show, CNN, and NPR affiliates. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two sons.