Hopefully, you have had an opportunity to watch this month’s video about communication. If not, I really want to encourage you to take just a few minutes to watch it!
Communication with your teen is vitally important to the health of your relationship! But communication is changing as fast as your teen is!
I want to give you a few ideas to help you with this very important issue.
- Sit down with your teen and talk with them and not to them. They want to know that you are really listening to what they say and not what you think they are saying.
- Agree that yelling is not allowed. You can’t yell at them and they can’t yell at you. It shuts you both down and makes you feel undervalued and disrespected.
- Don’t just “lay down the law” about cell phone and computer use! Allow your teenager to have input. For example, your teen can text while doing homework, but no cell phone is allowed within ten feet of the dinner table.
- Agree to never argue through texting. There is no way in the world you can know what the other person is saying unless you can at least hear tone of voice.
There are sooo many other ideas, but these should get you rolling.
It is vitally important that you teach your teenager that communication is not with the fingers on a keypad, but it is tone of voice and hand gestures and wise choice of words.
Remember, Proverbs 25:11 says, “A word spoken at the right time is like golden apples on a silver tray.” But unless we teach our teens about real communication, they will not know how to truly appreciate this verse!
Walking with you!