How this affects a person’s wellbeing
Every teenager wishes for a parent who is understanding. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be loose and less strict, but it only means that you should be there for them as a friend as much as a parent.
Younger people are bound to make mistakes, and it may help to put yourselves in their shoes. Think back to when you were your child’s age and be understanding of their situation. This creates a sense of empathy and a level of understanding that can help build a better conversation.
In a study from the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, the emphasis on the quality of listening revealed that being engaged and actively listening helped make the teenage participants of the study feel authenticity and establish a deeper connection with the parent they were talking to.
The study has stated some implications for a teenager’s wellbeing, including making the teenagers feel more comfortable and unafraid, which are two things needed in a relationship built on trust. As parents, you definitely would like to know more about your child’s life from them rather than from other people.
Communicating is a good way to develop good relationships, and with family, it can enhance the bond between parents and teenagers alike.
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