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Communicating with Your Adolescent

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Updated on Apr 10, 2009

        3) “Sounds like you think you’ll fit in more, and also perhaps look better, if you can get your nose pierced?”

        4) “You’re telling me that you think we don’t do much as a family, and when we do it’s pretty boring to you?”

        5) “You think I don’t really care much about my health anymore, and the main reason is what my job has done to me?”

        1) “So in your enlightened opinion, the old fashioned morality about sex is just so much hogwash, and now you and your peabrained friends can make your own rules while nobly striving to impregnate all the females in the western hemisphere?!”

Time out. Did we lose our cool in that last example? Yes. It’s very difficult—especially when aggravated—to stay on track when trying to active listen. If you feel you’re about to blow it, excuse yourself and come back later for another try.

This type of listening is also an attitude. Your attitude, not your child’s. It’s the attitude of sincerely trying to figure out what someone else is thinking even if you don’t agree, or even if it drives you nuts. Who knows, listen and you might learn something new.

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