The busy lifestyle can be brutal for parents, especially with children who are becoming independent.  This course has great practical help for parents of children age 11 and up.

If you’re parenting with a partner, ask them to watch or listen to the same content as you, so you can discuss the question when you’re back in one place.

This course is also great in groups – start by checking it out alone, but then invite someone else or a couple to join  you.  When you’ve been meeting in a group for a little while, register your group here.

Parenting Teens - September 4, 2012

Day 19 - Effective Communications Strategies Part I

Parenting Teenagers

We look at the role of listening and attention-giving in effective communications.

2. Learn to listen
• treat them like young adults (not children) • Listen carefully to their views and feelings

Effective communication requires that parents o learn to speak with their teenager rather than at their teenager (Gary Chapman, The Five Love Languages of Teenagers) o engage in discussion and be prepared to debate the issues rather than repeating Simplistic slogans such as “You're too young to have a boyfriend” or “drugs are dangerous”

3. Give your full attention • recognize the important moments to listen and give your full attention • don't try to listen to your teenager while doing something else at the same time • maintain eye contact; observe your teenager’s body language

When have you had your best conversations with your teenager?

From Series: "Parenting Teenagers"

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    1. Clare Masson
      February 7, 2013

      Hi Ryan,
      Unfortunately, I’ve missed a few days. However, now I’m back.
      Mind you, I am now being technically challenged.
      I’m in Parenting Teens and can not get any clip up except for the first one. I want the sixth one.
      I’ve tried clicking on various different ones with no luck.
      Please help.

      • Ryan Sim
        February 7, 2013

        Glad to have you back on track! The clips are working, so perhaps you ran into a temporary glitch. Do try again and let me know what happens.


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