Inspire Your Teen To Cooperate

A Note From the L.A. Teen Therapist

Have you noticed how the parent-child connection is often at the heart of your teen’s willingness to cooperate with you? – Sandra

Too frequently, I see parents using rewards and punishment to influence their teen’s behavior, often resulting in power struggles and resentment – on both parts. It is also not uncommon for parents to repeat the parenting responses they saw modeled by their own parents.

In my Effective Parenting of Teens Class, I teach parents about secure and insecure attachment styles, and how to apply this knowledge in their relationship with their teen. Each week, we work on very practical applications of this knowledge with examples from their day-to-day life.

I help parents slow down, and become curious about what their teen’s behavior may say about what they are needing in that moment. Although is is appropriate to set boundaries and have expectations for a teen’s behavior, it is also important to utilize your relationship with them to teach alternative ways of responding to their challenges.

Parents need an environment where they feel understood and not judged. In discussing sensitive family topics, I demonstrate to parents what responsiveness and sensitivity to their teen looks like through kind and respectful interactions with them.


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