Difficult Conversations with Teenagers

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Earlier this year, one of Crefeld’s teachers, Sara Narva, wrote an article about having difficult conversations with your young person. I will share the article and it’s link here. Kudos to Sara for sharing this piece.

Before we talk about how to have difficult conversations, we need to appreciate you. Yes, YOU. You are a parent, doing one of the hardest jobs on the planet. Parenting is an enormous job that requires a wide range of skills in which most of us receive no formal training.

Similarly, children also have a very difficult job. They are young people in a society that disparages and dismisses them in many ways. They are bombarded with misinformation and glorification of risky behavior, and simultaneously expected to make healthy and safe choices. They are trying to figure out who they are and where they fit in the world. 

You and your young person love each other in a world where it is difficult to make time to connect. You are always doing your best (even when you wish you could do better) and they are always doing their best (even when you wish they could do better). 

Having difficult conversations is… difficult. Whether it’s talking about sex, dating, alcohol use, bullying, or even just how they are doing, it can feel challenging to talk to your teen. Here are a few ideas to help get you started, or to get back on track. To read the entire article, please click here.