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What is the meaning of the word \”respect\”? It means to \”treat with special consideration or high regard\”. Isn\’t it true that all human beings want to be respected? Through all my life and through all my travels over decades I have yet to meet one single soul that does not want to be treated respectfully. If you would like your parent teenager relationship to undergo a serious upgrade, this blog post for you.
Surveys undertaken where the subjects are teenagers and they are asked \”what is it about adult behavior they would like to see changed?\” The most common answer contains the word \”respect\”. In other words, teenagers want to be respected. Could it be then that the number one strategy to effectively transform your parent teenager relationship is to respect your teenager?
When I first told one of our sons that I respected him, he completely stopped what he was doing (something on the computer) and just kept looking at me with a shocked look on his face. He then began to smile. I could sense that his heart was moved. Now I am not saying that my parent teenager relationships in our family are bad. However they certainly could do with a boost.
I have heard many parents say that they are uncomfortable in using the word respect when describing their teenagers. Different reasons have been posed for this. However here is my advice. Go ahead and feel uncomfortable but as the Nike advertisement says \”just do it\” anyway. Truly, this one action step alone has the potential to seriously transform your parent teenager relationship.
So what are the action steps to transform your parent teenager relationship by using the word \”respect\” in conversation?
The procedure to bring your parent teenager relationship to a whole new level is two fold.
First thing. Inform your teenager that you respect them for an internal quality that they have.
Second thing. Pinpoint an example of where you observed that quality show up in your teen\’s life.
For example you might say: \”Hey Joe, I really respect you for your faith and perseverance. Like for example how in last week\’s footbal game your team looked well and truly beaten. But you just kept going as if you knew you would win. That was amazing.\”
Don\’t forget to place your focus on your teens internal quality using the example as a means to highlight it. By implementing this one strategy alone, you can bring your parent teenager relationship to a whole new level.
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