Planning ahead can help parental caregivers. This article posted on the Center for Parent & Teen Communication (CPTC) website discusses fourteen tips for how to start important conversations. CPTC offers science-based strategies known to strengthen family connections and empower parental caregivers to raise tweens and teens to be their best selves. Below are just a few examples of tips for planning important conversations with tweens and teens:
- Talk Early and Often. Make everyday conversations the norm so you can learn from experience what works and what does not work.
- Know Yourself. Ask yourself, “Am I best person to have this conversation with my teen?”
- Be Calm. Don’t be Dramatic. If we yell or overreact, our teens may block the conversation completely.
- Watch the Tone and Choice of Words. Avoid using a negative tone or accusatory words – instead try using an “I” statement.
- Listen and Empathize. Let youth do most of the talking. Remind them that you understand things aren’t always easy – after all, you were once a teenager too!