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?