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

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Help! My Child is “The Constant Interrupter”

By James Lehman, MSW

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Does your child seem to interrupt every conversation with the words, "But Mom..." or "But Dad..." ? Do they constantly cut you off mid-sentence to tell you that something's not fair?   Interrupting comes from a variety of sources, including over-stimulation, competition with siblings and peers, impulsivity and general family patterns of communication. It’s helpful to... Read more »

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Mom losing authority by saying to daughter "wait until your father gets home"

How Parents Give Away Their Authority

By Denise Rowden, Parent Coach

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There’s no getting around it — giving consequences and setting limits makes you uncomfortable. You don’t like to be seen as “the bad guy.” Besides, your partner is a much better disciplinarian. Your partner has no problem enforcing the rules. The kids actually listen to your partner. It all works out, right? Not always. If you consistently wait... Read more »

Keeping Kids Safe from Predators Online and Offline

By Sara Bean, M.Ed.

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Jerry Sandusky. Michael Jackson. Mary Kay Letourneau. All of these individuals were accused and/or convicted of committing unspeakable crimes against children. While certainly upsetting, these high profile cases are a good opportunity to spark a conversation with your kids about staying safe, as parents are the first and most powerful line of defense against predators.... Read more »

Parenting Teens: 5 Ineffective Things to Avoid Doing

By Megan Devine, LCPC

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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 »

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