Remember when you had your first baby and you were frustrated because you couldn’t understand them? Well, it gets better… and then they become teenagers.
Thankfully, there are ways to build a better relationship with your teen, and the Center for Parent and Teen Communication is on a mission to help us achieve that sometimes seemingly elusive goal.
My favorite tip was the “Spot Teen Strengths” animated clip. Words of affirmation are something that I craved when I was a teenager and that has worked well for me with my teen daughters.
It gave me joy to confirm I am on the right track because, as moms, we often question ourselves and whether we are doing the right thing for our children.
It also reminded me that we need to be intentional in looking for the good. Our teens are already going through a challenging time and navigating difficult situations, and we are enforcing rules and pointing out improvements they need to make or skills they need to gain.
I have found that it does make a difference when we find what’s right with them and point out how loving, generous, compassionate, creative, determined, and well-meaning they are, even when things go wrong.
I encourage you to watch six animations by the CTPC here so you can build a better relationship with your teen and feel more confident as a parent.
© Elayna Fernández ~ The Positive MOM
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