Supporting Your Teen’s Development

October 28, 2021

Create Trust Through Communication

What is the best way to build trust with your teenager? Talking to them more is the first step! If you want to develop a close relationship with your teenager, you need to be able to talk and listen to them. Supporting your teen starts with good communication.

Having a simple conversation about their day or what they are doing this weekend can go a long way toward building trust and emotional connection.
A good relationship with your teen requires trust, so you need to trust them for them to reciprocate. Your teenager will be more likely to open up to you if they trust you, which will help you as a parent.
 

Be Understanding Of Their Situation.

The best way to understand your teen is to communicate on their level by having empathy for the challenges teens face today. It is essential to try and understand their point of view to engage with them in a more meaningful way and make sure they feel validated when talking with adults and parents.
Everyone was a teen once, but every generation of teenagers will be different from the last. Everyone’s experiences are different. It’s best to be understanding of their perspective and act accordingly. 
 

Express Love

Teenagers need to know that they are loved and appreciated. They need to know that someone is there for them no matter what. A good way is to show your teen how much you care about them is to show your appreciation of who they are and what they do.

You can do this by treating your teen with respect, giving genuine compliments, listening non-judgmentally, empathizing with their struggles without offering solutions, etc.
The most important thing is to let your child know you love them and support them. While they may know you love them, saying it and showing it more often can help solidify your supporting efforts in their mind. 
 

Supporting Them

Your teenager is not perfect. They are likely to make mistakes, and they will want to be independent. It does not mean, however, that they don’t need your support. Let them know that you are there for them when they need it and show them how much you care by checking in with them regularly.
 

Takeaway

When teenagers go through tough times, it is important to be supportive and listen to them. They are going through a lot of change and can feel lost. This is very important at this stage in your child’s life. Whether they admit it or not, your child craves your support! 
 

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