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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

Parenting Teens: 5 Ineffective Things to Avoid Doing

At Empowering Parents, we talk a lot about “effective” versus “ineffective” parenting styles. In fact, James Lehman reminds us that it’s not about whether your parenting style is right or wrong, it’s about whether it’s effective. The good news is that if you aren’t getting the results you want – for example, a less mouthy... Read more »

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

Eye–rolling, curses and 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 on Empowering Parents each week. The truth is, disrespectful behavior is one... Read more »