A parent’s interactions with their adolescent literally impacts their teen’s brain development.
In my work with families with teenagers, I coach parents on scientifically proven techniques on how to create a healthy relationship with their adolescent, as well as help them reflect on how their parent’s style of parenting may still be influencing them today.
When you demonstrate respectful interactions with your teen, they learn to treat themselves and others respectfully. The foundation of any respectful disagreements involves avoiding raising your voice, swearing, name-calling and pointing your finger in the other person’s face.
In our society, shaming is considered an accepted parenting tool for controlling kids. Yet, body language, facial expressions, the tone and volume of your voice, threatening violence, withholding affection, rejecting behavior, using hurtful words or physical punishment can negatively impact a child’s self-esteem and teach them how to behave in an aggressive behavior.
Raising a teenager is not easy. Conscious parenting involves pausing before you react to evaluate whether your words or actions will actually be helpful in the situation. Your teen will better learn the lessons you are attempting to teach them if you avoid punitive and judgmental responses.
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