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When kids are young, parents spend a chunk of time correcting behaviors. You know… “don’t touch the stove” …or “share your toys.” But as that kid grows up, the communication style needs to grow up, as well.
If your kids are now thirteen, fourteen, or even older… and you’re still correcting like you used to… something has to change. Mom and Dad, it’s time to move from constant correction to encouraging independent thought. Short, demanding statements will no longer deliver healthy results. Instead, your goal should be to train your kids to think for themselves… to act with discernment… and to navigate through a crazy world.
As your interaction style grows… you might be surprised that your relationship with your teen will grow, as well.
©2012 Mark Gregston www.parentingtodaysteens.org. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 1-866-700-3264
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