Parenting Teens- Relationship Tips From The CPTC
As the mother of four children, three of whom are currently teenagers, I always welcome any information and guidance that will help me navigate this challenging stage of parenting. The Center for Parent and Teen Communication (CPTC) provides science-based strategies to support healthy relationships and is a great resource for parents who are looking for ways to better communicate with and stay connected to their teens. The CPTC publishes a daily, 100-word, parenting newsletter that offers subscribers useful tips to guide you through your child’s teen years. Sign up here to get all of the best information delivered straight to your inbox.
I recently had the opportunity to view a series of one-minute animations produced by the CPTC and found them to be very helpful. The one that resonated most with me was Destination: Good Communication. The animation described how over-empathizing with your teen isn’t helpful. This wasn’t something I thought could be an issue, but it’s something I often do. Their problems and hurt feelings become mine as well. I learned that not reacting, calmly asking questions, and just listening is a better approach. It gives them the space to process their feelings and allows for continued conversation.
The animations were geared toward different situations and relationship issues that may arise with your teens, and they all offered advice on how to handle them. It’s wonderful to have a resource to turn to that helps in building better communication and stronger relationships with our teenagers. Take a look at the animations and let me know which is your favorite or which one you can relate to the most.
**This post is made possible with support from the Center for Parent and Teen Communication, part of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. All opinions are my own.**