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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

4 Things You Should Never Say to Your Teen

Every parent gets mad and says things in the heat of the moment that they regret—nobody’s perfect, and there is no such thing as a  perfect  parent. At one time or another, most parents also report feeling like their teen is not listening to them. You wonder why what you’re saying doesn’t seem to have any  effect—it goes “in ... Read more »

5 Secrets for Communicating with Teenagers

Does this sound familiar? Your teenage son is taking forever in the bathroom (again), but you need him to get ready so you can get to work on time. You’re thinking, “How could I have raised such an inconsiderate kid? He’s so disrespectful!” Meanwhile, your child is locked in the bathroom, consumed with his image... Read more »