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Here are a few points to remember when talking about friendships with your teenager: Everyone is allowed to have many friends and many types of friends. Honesty is important in a friendship. Friends sometimes hurt each other, but they can always apologize and forgive each other.
Friends can. Finally, talk to your teen in their language. Rather than talk about ‘bullying’, talk to them about ‘friendship issues’. Let them know that it’s never okay for friends to behave in a negative way towards them, and that you’re there to support them.
(For example: What are they like? What do you like about spending time with them?) Try to meet their friends and get to know them as much as you can. And let your preteen know that they can always talk with you about their friends. You can help your preteen understand these important — and sometimes painful — lessons about friendship. Force your child to stay with or change friends: Talk about the pro’s and con’s of remaining with a certain group of friends.
Review qualities of healthy, good friendships. This is a great learning opportunity for your child. Assume your child is the victim: Your child may appear to be the one being picked on, but there may be more to the.
Model what you want your teen to do. When parents yell or use sarcasm or point fingers, kids figure it’s okay for them to do the same. They also put on their protective gear and get into “fight” position. If you turn angry, use a quieter, calmer voice. Show respect for your teen’s opinions.
Teenagers can be surprisingly easy to talk with if the parents make it clear that they’re listening to the teen’s point of view. Keep it short and simple. Acknowledge how difficult it is to speak up for yourself and what you need. Ask if your teen has noticed being uncomfortable with friends who did not respect boundaries.
I hope you’ve found some good questions in this list that will help spur your next conversation with the teen in your life! Now let’s talk about some general tips for talking to teens. 1. Step Back and Stop Talking.
Yes, we’ve just listed 120+ conversation starters, but sometimes direct questions aren’t the best way to get teens talking. If you communicate with your teen in a gentle, nonobtrusive manner that respects his or her individuality, opinions, and beliefs, then your teen will be much more likely to do the same for you. Use your own positive experiences of friendship to help guide your teenager.
The friends they choose will be their decision, but you can help steer them towards good ones: 1. Talk about the value of honesty.
List of related literature:
|from The Science of Making Friends, (w/DVD): Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults|
|from The Real Truth about Teens and Sex: From Hooking Up to Friends with Benefits What Teens Are Thinking, Doing, and Talking About, and How to Help Them Make Smart Choices|
|from What Teenage Girls Don’t Tell Their Parents|
|from My Teen Has Had Sex, Now What Do I Do?|
|from Partners in Play: An Adlerian Approach to Play Therapy|
|from The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome|
|from Your Teenager Is Not Crazy: Understanding Your Teen’s Brain Can Make You a Better Parent|
|from The Transgender Teen|
|from Maternal-Child Nursing E-Book|
|from Child Development|