Modeling Self-Awareness

At mealtimes, during commutes, or whenever there is time to talk with a teen, let them know how you are feeling and why. For example, you might say, “I’m getting a bit anxious about the holidays coming up. I am happy to spend time with family but also nervous about taking time away from my new job.” By creating an opportunity to discuss your feelings, you are letting the teen see your emotions in a healthy way. This provides a safe place for the teen to talk with you about what they’re feeling, too. See: ParentToolkit.com.

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