By: Gene Roehlkepartain, Guest Blogger
It might seem obvious to say that it’s important to maintain open, warm, and honest communication in your family, yet it also can be really hard.
Have your attempts to get your teen to talk ever resulted in one word answers (or grunts)? Have you ever been tired or distracted during a time your child might be ready to talk? Or you have you ever felt unable to respond to the difficult questions or issues that come up in conversations with your kids?
We've all been there.
By working together to improve communication, you can be more effective in guiding your child through the teen years and into adulthood. You’ll get to know your child better and enjoy your time together. Here are some tips to help you get started.
Try some of these conversation starters:
Eugene C. Roehlkepartain is Vice President of Research and Development at Search Institute, and creator of the 9 Parenting Strategies. Roehlkepartain is widely recognized as an expert in child, youth, and family development in community contexts. Particular areas of interest include family strengths, community supports for families and youth, spiritual development, service-learning, youth philanthropy, and linking youth development with financial literacy. Join Gene for a free webinar about the 9 Parenting Strategies presented by ParentFurther on Wednesday, January 30 at 12PM, CST. Learn more >>