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7 Ways to Show Your High School Child You Hear Them
These 7 ideas will help you maintain a close relationship with your high school child as they start to pull away. I know they work because I raised 3 amazing kids by following these steps.
Dear Parent Friends . . .
As your children grow up and enter high school, it's essential to support them through this exciting and challenging time.
One of the most important ways to do that is by truly listening to them and letting them know that you hear them.
Here are seven ways to do just that:
First, give your children your undivided attention.
When they come to talk to you, put away any distractions and focus solely on them.
Second, validate their feelings.
Let them know that what they're going through matters and that you understand.
Third, don't interrupt.
Give them the space to express themselves fully.
Fourth, show empathy.
Try to put yourself in their shoes and understand what they're going through.
Fifth, ask open-ended questions.
Encourage them to share by asking questions that invite them to elaborate.
Sixth, repeat back what you heard.
This will show that you are actively listening and that you care.
Seventh, avoid being judgmental or critical.
Instead, focus on being supportive and understanding.
Remember, active listening is a skill that takes practice, so be patient with yourself and your child as you work on building this essential aspect of your relationship.
With time, you'll be able to create a loving and supportive environment that allows your children to be heard and to thrive.
It's crucial to remember that high school is a pivotal time in your child's life.
They are discovering their identity, navigating relationships, and facing new challenges every day.
As a parent, it's important to provide a safe and supportive space for them to express themselves and share their experiences.
By actively listening to your child, you are showing them that you value their thoughts and feelings.
This, in turn, builds trust and strengthens your bond. It's also an opportunity for you to gain insights into their world and better understand their perspective.
So, my parent friends, make sure to take the time to listen to your high school kids.
Use these seven steps to show them that you are present, engaged, and committed to supporting them through this exciting and transformative time.