Sometimes it’s pretty convenient to skip a conversation with our kids. I mean, they aren’t typically known for their riveting conversational skills, right? Sometimes it’s easier to just crank the music up, make a call, or listen to a podcast. Sometimes it’s less friction to just let them eat dinner in front of the TV or with their phones in hand.
But ultimately, we love them. And we want to connect with them. We want to understand their world and what they’re going through, and we want to support them. But how can we if we can’t communicate?
That’s why it’s so crucial to learn how to engage more effectively with them. Here are YouSchool’s top tips to have better chats with the teenagers in your world:
Building better conversations with your teenagers is a journey that takes patience and effort, but the rewards are worth it. By respecting their timing, avoiding judgment, and fostering curiosity, you create an environment where meaningful exchanges can thrive. Sharing your own experiences, seeking understanding, and validating their thoughts and feelings further strengthen the connection. Remember, these steps not only improve your communication but also deepen your relationship, allowing you to support and guide them through the challenges and triumphs of their teenage years.
For years we’ve been studying what a young person needs in order to transition into a healthy, thriving adulthood.
They're uncommon sense ideas, really.
Download this checklist and use it with your students (or kids).