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5 WAYS TO GET YOUR TEEN TO SHARE THEIR FEELINGS

5 WAYS TO GET YOUR TEEN TO SHARE THEIR FEELINGS

5 WAYS TO GET YOUR TEEN TO SHARE THEIR FEELINGS

For Hectic Moms – Tips To Make More Me-Time

5 WAYS TO GET YOUR TEEN TO SHARE THEIR FEELINGS

5 WAYS TO GET YOUR TEEN TO SHARE THEIR FEELINGS

Being a teenager is not easy. In adolescence, they start to try out new things and start discovering what they really want out of life. It becomes a huge responsibility for these youngsters to work out who they are. They are still inexperienced, as they have not had much exposure to the world and its challenges.

In the USA, the University of Rochester, known for its scientific research, studied close on 300 teenagers over many years. Their findings confirmed that youngsters who feel free to express their emotions are less likely to become depressed when, later in life, they experience stressful events.

But teenagers can sometimes feel completely overwhelmed. So, the TastyMoments team have come up with a few bonding ideas for you to consider while you dream up another easy dinner tonight. (HINT: Teens love Ital Pizza.) Read on to find out you can make things easier for them – and steer your household through calmer waters.

Listen

As parents, we often think we need to provide instant solutions. Not so. First, listen carefully to find out what might be bugging them. Even if you feel it is not important that John has not been invited to Jabu’s birthday party, to him, it might matter very much. Take out the time to look him in the eye and listen.

Validate Their Feelings

Kids know whether there is genuine empathy or whether you are dismissive of their feelings. Try not to pooh-pooh and downplay disappointments. If the boy she had a crush on falls for someone else, they are bound to be devastated. Saying ‘He was never right for you, anyway’ is not going to make things better. Try to acknowledge the feelings of rejection by responding with something like ‘Shuwee that must be very hard. I know how it feels.’

Show Them You Trust Them

Children are much more likely to act responsibly if they believe that their parents have faith in them. One way to demonstrate your confidence is to volunteer a privilege – suggest that they can meet a friend or host a sleepover. This way, they will learn to take responsibility and assert their independence. They are not going to have an adult watching over them for the rest of their lives, so you may as well boost their confidence from an early age.

Don’t Dictate

Let’s face it, dictators have had only ever messed up the world. Your child will rebel if they feel forced to follow the rules, especially if they consider them to be unreasonable. So, rather have an open discussion about what you (both) think should, and shouldn’t, be allowed. You may very well end up understanding your child a lot better.

Praise

Let’s face it, dictators have had only ever messed up the world. Your child will rebel if they feel forced to follow the rules, especially if they consider them to be unreasonable. So, rather have an open discussion about what you (both) think should, and shouldn’t, be allowed. You may very well end up understanding your child a lot better.

A last thought – do things together. Go bowling, take a walk or watch a movie over an Ital Pizza Thick’A. We all know the old saying: people who play together stay together. Just relax and enjoy – no intrusive questions during these times.

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