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Say the phrase “communicating with teens” to another parent and you’ll often be met a sigh and an eyeroll. While parenting teens comes with its complications, we’ve discovered there are also many joyful surprises along the road leading to our kids’ independence. In Episode 134 of Edit Your Life, Christine and I share anecdotes and tips for communicating with teens. We suggest shifts in perspective, conversational tweaks, and ways to communicate non-verbally that can help open the door to more openness…even if that means less talking.
Resources mentioned in this episode
- Minimalist Parenting (our book)
- Center for Parent & Teen Communication at Parentandteen.com
- Related episode: Episode 122: Helping Teens Thrive [guest interview with Ken Ginsburg]
- Related episode: Episode 79: The Joy of Tweens + Teens
- Related episode: Episode 133: Recalibrating Your Social Media Use
- 13 Things I Want for my Teenager (Boston Mamas)
- Book: How to Talk So Teens Will Listen, and Listen So Teens Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
- Amaze.org (this fantastic sex education organization is one of Christine’s digital strategy clients)
- Related episode: Episode 104: Talking to Your Kids About Sexual Harassment
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