5 ways to talk to a Teenager
When I became a parent I never thought I would have to learn another language. Well that’s how it feels sometimes when talking to teenagers. We all speak English, just a different version of it.
Communicating with teenagers can be challenging at the easiest of times. You need to understand what they are talking about, you need to time a conversation just right in order to get a positive reaction ( or a reaction at all) and you need to be able to overlook the mood swings.
Keeping the relationship with your teenager is achievable, just look at it as taking baby steps.
- Learn to love what they love. Finding something common to talk about is a great way to start a conversation, and teens love to talk about their passion. If they are into sports or the arts or history, learn a little about it so you can show them that you are interested in their life.
- Pick a couple of their close friends and make them a part of your life too. Teenagers take their friendships seriously and these are the people they confide in. As a parent we know we will not always know exactly what is happening in our children’s lives but when things are not going well, having a relationship with the people your teens trust, allows for open communication.
- Find out what apps are trending with your teen, and join in the fun. Teens communicate in so many ways and one is playing games on technology. Spending time in their world, showing the you care about what they do is another small way to communicate with your teenager.
- Organise some one on one time. This can be challenging when life is so busy but it is essential to take your teen away from the fast pass life occasionally and just spend time together. Taking your teen shopping or to a sporting match or to the movies, just the two of you, forces you both to focus only on each other. Hey and it can be fun too.
- Learn to text. Yes text. This is what teens do and if you ever want to have a connection at all times with your teenager, this is one way to do it. Send them random messages to let them know you are thinking about them. Don’t send gushy messages or over do the texting as this will only push them away but a random message once a day or week, helps with staying connected.
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