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How to have positive conversations with teens

At this point, the school for parents has not yet been created and there is no manual or guide that can be followed to the letter and thus try to be the best parents, but experience and instinct are present when it comes to directing our children to follow what we consider the right thing for their growth and provide them with the tools to go out to face the world outside the home.

There are many recommendations and all of them seek to help us establish better forms of communication with our teenagers to keep them away from problems that can put them in dangerous situations. In this article we are going to share nine effective ways to communicate with children. 1. Listen to them: Yes, something so simple is to listen to them, but this goes further, it means understanding them and really making them feel that you care about what they are telling you and trusting you. Without pressuring them and just being attentive to when they want to open up and tell what happens to them, it makes a difference. If this becomes a routine at home, it will be easier for everyone to always be on the same channel and talk about everything naturally and without restrictions.

2. Pay attention to their feelings: Emotions are on the surface when you are going through adolescence and it is easy to go from one emotional state to another, you just have to show a little empathy as a parent and not suffocate them, they can alone, let's give give them a chance. 3. Show confidence: You have to take things very seriously when it comes to creating a trusting environment with your children. If we respect agreements, schedules, shared tasks, etc., things gradually soften and continue their course in a more subtle way. 4. Don't be too demanding: When from a young age we learn to fulfill certain obligations and respect the spaces, the times, we follow basic rules and others, there is no need to be authoritarian and establish strict controls that the only thing they are going to do is get away from the children.

5. Appreciate them: It is not about giving everything to the children, much less has to do with material things, this point goes further, it is about the recognition of their work and their behavior through words and being flexible. 6. Control your emotions: They say that the one who gets angry loses, and that may not be the case, but the truth is that, if as a parent we do not know how to control our emotions with our children, later we may regret what we do or say . You have to be careful. 7. Team up: Teamwork is always easier when everyone plays a role. Spending time with the children while doing chores around the house is a way of communicating with them. It does not mean being 24/7 with them, but knowing where they are.

8. Mealtime: Establishing a routine to catch up on daily events during mealtime is a bit tricky given our day-to-day duties with so many obligations, but it's not impossible. The talks don't have to be long. 9. Observe them: Do not be confused with spying on them. This point refers to always being aware of them to know when they need to speak. In conclusion, we should not seek to be the perfect parents or imitate or follow specific rules, we simply have to be original and use what works best for us because each family, each father or mother, each environment, will always be different. There are many recommendations and many suggestions, but they do not apply to everyone in general, they are just options and we have to know how to choose what is best or what works for our particular case.


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