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Effective Communication with Your Teenager - Part 4

Posted Wednesday, November 23, 2011, at 7:33 AM

Welcome to the final post in our series on communicating with your teen. Hopefully you have found the previous posts beneficial and have been able to use some of the advice thus far. In this final post, I would like to cover one last area that often leads to communication and relationship issues between parents and teens.

As children grow older and enter the teenage years, parents often have trouble accepting the fact that rules and expectations need to change as well. As a parent, it's easy to rattle off the rules that have been in place for the past several years. But as teens grow older, it is our duty as parents to adapt and adjust those rules to allow our teenager to enter a world of more freedom coupled with more responsibility.

It's easy to simply say, "no, you know the rules" without really stopping to think about what your maturing teen may be asking for. Parents who keep an open mind and model good compromising and negotiating skills are not only teaching their teen a valuable life lesson but also building respect and maintaining open lines of communication.

Thanks for reading and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Shannon is a licensed professional counselor and a national certified counselor and owner and clinical director of Tender Hearts Child Therapy Center in Cape Girardeau. He and several therapists at the center specialize in treating child and adolescent mental health issues in Southeast Missouri and work with parents using family therapy to develop parenting/discipline skills to deal with misbehavior and defiance. In his blog Shannon provides education on children's mental health topics and uses a question-and-answer forum for local parents to ask questions related to his field. For more information or to reach Shannon, visit www.tenderheartschildtherapycenter.com