Arguing with Your Teen, While Sneaking in Some Empathy

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Homework.  Curfew.  Clothing.  Friends.  Screen time.  Arguments between teens and their parents are inevitable and part of the growing-up process.  Here’s a great read from the NYTimes about how to help your teen learn and practice empathy, even as you and your teen are arguing!  Instead of “arguing”, can you reframe it as “cooperative problem solving”?  Intentionally injecting empathy into your disagreements can have a significant positive impact on the outcome of the disagreement and your child’s long-term psychological health.

Posted in 12-14 - Chris Ambroso