For a new perspective on managing an upset teen, watch this video!
Learn the three ways teens are similar to wild animals and how to approach them differently.
You wouldn't approach an upset wild animal would you?
There is some solid advice in this video about if and when and how to approach an upset teen.
Don't is a negative, it means we want someone to stop doing something or to not start something. When it comes to our kids we use 'don't' more than you think.
Have you ever wondered why kids do exactly what you just told them NOT to do?
There is a reason kids do this; and once you understand the reason and make a tiny adjustment you will experience your kids listening to you more!
In this video I give you some ideas on how to stop using the word 'don't' 70% less than you are using it now. I know it's a lot to think about parents on top of everything else you have going on, but let me ask you this: What do you have to lose by experimenting with losing the word 'don't'?
You've got this parents! I know you can do it.
Sometimes it's simply a matter of changing HOW we are saying something, not changing WHAT we are saying.
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Have you ever noticed when you ask your child 'Why?' they immediately shut down, roll their eyes or loudly exclaim 'I don't know!' or engage in all of the above?
If I told you that you had the power to cause your child to keep talking would you want to know how?
STOP RESPONDING WITH 'WHY'!!
When kids are asked 'Why?' they often feel interrogated, unheard and ashamed. It has a tendency to shut them down, they start to think 'I guess I shouldn't be feeling this way' or 'I guess my parent doesn't want to hear this'.
There are a ton of other ways to ask 'Why?' but first start with HEARING your teen. Let them know you heard them, validate their feelings then inquire for more information.
Instead of 'Why?' try:
'What's going on?'
'I wonder what's happening.'
'That's interesting, tell me more.'
YOU GOT THIS PARENTS!!!!