We found a great article about how to have more effective communication, not just with your parents, but with everyone (e.g., friends, peers, colleagues, partners).
Why this resource is helpful: It gives advice on good communication, not only between parents and teenagers, but between people in general. It stresses being a good listener. It also stresses paying attention to non-verbal communication. Non-verbal communication is difficult, and takes time to learn how to do.
Effective communication is a learned skill, and it takes time and effort to develop this skill. It often can be an everyday practice.
- Listening is important; focus entirely on the speaker, without distractions, and avoid appearing judgmental.
- Pay attention to nonverbal communication, such as clenched fists or someone not maintaining eye contact.
- Manage your own stress when talking with other people. Too much stress might result in you saying something you regret.
- It is also important to be aware of your emotions when arguing with someone. Understanding your own emotions will help you communicating your feelings with other people. It is also important to understand others’ emotions, so that you can better understand them.
- Here is an article to help develop nonverbal communication!
What do you want to work on when it comes to communication? What type of communicator are you?