Communication

You and your child: two different worlds, two different perspectives—and a giant disconnect that can make communicating a real mystery. Communicating with your child or teen can be challenging and yet, there are so many important conversations you need to have with your kids throughout their lives. You need to communicate with them about their responsibilities at home and school. Sometimes you need to have tough conversations about things like peer pressure, bullying, online safety, drugs and alcohol, and sex. And then you need to communicate about topics outside of their control like violence in the world, events being reported in the news, or natural disasters. You may even need to communicate about how to communicate with others!

This can all be difficult to navigate. To start, here are some suggested articles/blog posts that will show you effective ways to communicate with your child or teen. Then you’ll find a full listing of our articles and posts on communication, including how to talk to your kids about tough subjects.

Negotiating with Kids: When You Should and Shouldn’t

5 Secrets for Communicating with Teenagers

Mother and teenage daughter sitting together calmly

Disrespectful Child or Teen? 5 Things Not to Do as a Parent

By Megan Devine, LCPC

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Eye rolling, curses, insults, backtalk, name calling, ignored requests, snide comments: disrespect from your child or teen comes in many different forms. If you’re struggling with disrespectful behavior from your kids, you’re definitely not alone: this is one of the biggest topics of conversation between parents and our online parent coaches. The truth is, disrespectful behavior... Read more »

Mom talking with teenage boy

5 Secrets for Communicating with Your Teenager

By Debbie Pincus, MS LMHC

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As a therapist and the mother of three teenagers myself, I know firsthand that the more you push your kids, the more they get defensive and dig in their heels. They become reactive in the form of explosiveness or shutting down and ignoring you. When they are not exploding, they are thinking the following: “My... Read more »

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Anger, Rage and Explosive Outbursts: How to Respond to Your Child or Teen’s Anger

By Kim Abraham, LMSW & Marney Studaker-Cordner, LMSW

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Everyone gets angry at times—children and adults alike. Anger is an emotion that can range from slightly irritated, to moderately angry, to full-blown rage. And it can happen quickly. A child’s anger naturally makes us feel uncomfortable. As a result, we may try to appease our child, give in to their demands, or avoid certain situations... Read more »

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