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Communication

Fewer than half of all sixth graders describe their family communication as positive. Worse yet, only 22% of high school seniors do. What would your kids say?

Most tweens and teens regretfully report that there are things about which they can’t talk with their parents, either because their parents won’t listen, won’t understand, or will over-react.

But believe it or not, there are parents whose kids who talk to them, and even ask their advice -- including teenagers! This web site is dedicated to the possibility that you could be one of those parents.

Because, let's face it, your ability to parent depends on knowing what’s happening in your child’s life, and being able to influence her. And that derives directly from the depth of communication you share. Deep communication is only possible if you find ways to talk about the hard stuff, so that she feels comfortable sharing with you.

But forget about having the “Big Talk,” whether about sex or anything else. Few subjects worth discussing with your child can be covered in one conversation. A rich family life means you talk about anything and everything, all the time. These discussions go on a little bit at a time, daily, for your child’s entire childhood, evolving as she does.


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How to Get Your Child to LISTEN!

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12 Tips to Be a Brilliant Listener with Your Child

What your kids need from you is your full attention and empathy. That's what deep listening is.

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Can Your Child Trust You?

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How to Turn Tough Conversations Into Learning Opportunities

Starting out on the offensive will only slam the doors of communication. If you can control your emotions and keep the situation safe, your child may be able to start sharing.

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Secrets of Closer Communication

Want your kids to tell you what's going on in their lives? Start by making these six commitments.

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Foolproof Strategies for Getting Kids to Talk

Foolproof strategies to build trust and get your child to talk with you about what matters to them.

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How (and When) To Apologize To Your Child

Do you want your child to learn to apologize graciously? Then the way you apologize to your child matters.

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