Reflections for Better Communications
- It's natural to have preconceived ideas about the world, ourselves, and those we love and our interactions with them. If you are able to place imaginary "brackets" around those preconceptions and set them aside before you have a conversation with your teen or your parent, you may be surprised at what you discover.
- Each person shares equal responsibility or blame when communication is difficult or isn't working.
- Remember the old adage: "Try walking around in the other person's shoes for a day." Try looking at the world from your parent's or teen's perspective.
- It's easier to say that the other person doesn't or can't understand than to work to understand the other person.
- Do you ever feel that your teen or parent is trying to confuse or manipulate you? If so, what does that mean?
- Who is more frustrated when someone doesn't "get it" or understand what is being said -- the speaker or the listener?
Check off as many of the following words that describe a typical conversation or how you feel when you are talking with your teen or parent.
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