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We all know it’s important to say the right thing to our teens. But in certain sticky situations (dating, friends) it’s hard to know the best way to respond. Take this quiz to help hone your skills. Then go ahead and try out some of these approaches on your own teenager:
1. Your teenage daughter wants to go to a concert with a boy you don’t know. You ask the boys name, how old he is, and where he lives. She accuses you of snooping into her personal life. What would your response be?
a. “I feel nervous about letting you go off with someone I don’t know. I need to meet him first.
b. Sweetie, if I don’t look out for you, who will?
c. “No way! I don’t know him, and the last two guys you brought home were punks.
Answer a.This response beautifully spells out how you feel and what you need. From there, the ball is in her court. She gets to figure out how to make things right.
Answer b. This response is warm, but its also confusing. Are you saying you love her and you’re worried about her? Or that you don’t believe she can take care of herself? Its hard to tell. Shell probably have trouble understanding your message, too.
Answer c. This response packs a double-whammy. It says you’re not willing to hear her side and that she has bad taste in friends. Things can only go downhill from here.
2. Your teen bursts into tears and confesses she had a huge fight with her best friend. What would you say?
a. “You sound very sad about that, honey.”
b. “Well, honey, I’m sure it wasn’t your fault.”
c. “That’s no big surprise. She’s such a snob. How could you stand her?”
Here are a few tips for talking with your teen: