'Say This, Not That,' Conversation Tips to Strengthen Family Communication

Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg is the Co-Founder and Director of Programs at the Center for Parent and Teen Communication, in an alliance with leading experts from around the country in the fields of medicine, psychology, character and youth development, journalism, social marketing and more, offers advice and materials rooted in the best of science and effective parenting practices available.

Say This Not That, A Guide To Conversations With Your Teen

Picture a challenging interaction with a teenager. There is a struggle to find the best words to manage the situation, but often they don’t come. Imagine a quick and authoritative resource that could help navigate through some of parenting's most challenging moments. The Center for Parent and Teen Communication (www.parentandteen.com) offers a real-time audio download, “Say This, Not That: Conversation Tips to Strengthen Family Communication.” These short, practical audio guides offer real-world examples examining the impact of our words. A sampling of topics include:

Using “I” Statements to Avoid Conflict. Many arguments begin with parents telling teens what they did wrong. These statements usually begin with "you." By changing a single word, the conversation shifts, and parents open a more productive, two-way dialogue.

Avoid The Lecture. We all make mistakes, but parents want to protect their children from making unwise choices. Too often, our guidance involves a lecture that’s poorly received and can backfire. Learn what to do instead.  

No Nagging. No one likes a nag, and no one wants to be a nag. However, when teens don't do what they are asked, it’s an easy pattern to fall into. Here’s how to get positive results without nagging.  

Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg is the Co-Founder and Director of Programs at the CPTC, an Adolescent Medicine specialist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He travels the world speaking to a parent, professional and youth audiences and is the author of 5 award-winning parenting books including "Raising Kids to Thrive" and a multi-media toolkit on “Reaching Teens,” both published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In alliance with leading experts from around the country in the fields of medicine, psychology, character and youth development, journalism, social marketing and more, the CPTC offers materials rooted in the best of science and effective parenting practices available. The team turns to research and expert knowledge into practical communication strategies and techniques that are delivered via multimedia content that anyone can benefit from. Resources on the site appear in the form of articles, podcasts, videos, quizzes, and tools. They cover topics including adolescent development, discipline, stress management, setting boundaries, preventing risks, and more.

For more information visit www.parentandteen.com, or join us on Facebook, Youtube or @parentandteen on Twitter.

Source: Center for Parent and Teen Communications


Categories: Parenting

Tags: Adolescent, Adolescent Communication, Adolescent Health, Children's Hospital, Conversation With Teen, Teen Behavior, Teen Communication, Teens


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