The parent feels like they can never say anything right, and the teen feels like their parent is too over-protective.
Saint George, UT (PRWEB) February 07, 2012
Eagle Ranch Academy, a school for troubled teens, is well versed in the large communication barrier between parents and teens. The parent feels like they can never say anything right, and the teen feels like their parent is too over-protective. Here are 4 steps to help communication between parents and teens, to strengthen the relationships between them.
1. Be honest and admit mistakes: think back to when something might have gone wrong, where someone's feelings might have been hurt. Contemplate why the other person might be upset, and apologize for any wrong-doings. Be the stronger person and admit any mistakes.
2. Tell them things they have done right, praise them for the positive: People love to be reinforced and lifted up. Not one person likes to be told they are doing something wrong. By putting emphasis on the positive things, this opens the door for opportunity to start the conversation about underground issues without accusing anyone of anything.
3. Express to them how their actions are affecting the household: Do not blame or give advice, this is a chance only to tell the other person what is upsetting in a non-judge-mental way.
4. Ask them how they feel about the situation: This is the step where listening is the most important key. Listen to what they have to say, and try to step into their shoes for a minute to see what could have turned them into making a wrong decision.
These 4 steps will help someone in being more able to admit when they are wrong, help relationships by sharing the good aspects of them, and in turn will strengthen the family overall. Eagle Ranch Academy works to enforce guided steps like these in helping teens better deal with problems, conflicts, and feelings.
Eagle Ranch Academy is a co-ed residential education program for struggling teens, ages 12 through 17. Licensed and monitored by the State of Utah as a Residential Treatment Program, with an extensive accredited academic and life skills program for its students.
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