AZ Parents Connect Blog

Workshop Wednesday

After 9 weeks of meeting together, we have covered a lot of tough topics in the Parent Workshops. Parents are learning new skills and are feeling more confident in the decisions they make regarding drugs, alcohol, smoking and other risky behaviors for their teens and tweens.  Parents have learned:  

California Got the Pot Vote Right

By Mitchell S. Rosenthal, M.D. - The Partnership at DrugFree.org's Board of Directors

 

Communicating with Teens

Here's four things to remember when communicating with your teens:

1. Check Your Emotions

When you approach a teen with a lot of emotion, such as anger, anxiety or enthusiasm, it can make a teen feel pressured to comply.  That approach doesn’t work because teens crave independence.  They see themselves as older and capable, and as a result they want to make more decisions for themselves.  Instead, try approaching calmly and be open to discussion.  This will take the pressure off the teen, and keep the conversation from escalating into opposition.

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