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Tips to Improve Communication with your Teens

This post is made possible with support from the Center for Parent and Teen Communication, part of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
All opinions are my own.

Ever question if you are doing the right thing as a parent? I’m sure it has happened to all of us from time to time. I recently discovered the Center for Parent and Teen Communication (CPTC), and I’m really glad I did. They provide easy-to-digest science-based parenting strategies to support healthy family relationships.

CPTC provides 100-word, daily parenting tips in cute animations. The tip that connected with me most is called “Inquire and Listen.” I found the advice to be an important reminder about how to react to my teen’s behavior, especially when they are sad. They recommend that parents should not make assumptions about why our teens feel or behave in certain ways. It’s our job to inquire and listen rather than jump to conclusions. It’s also important for parents to give their teens space. Ask questions about how things are going, but don’t push them to answer.

I recommend checking out the Center for Parent and Teen Communication’s website. Click here to watch six 100-word tip animations. Sign up for the newsletter for more daily parenting tips.

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