Almost every parent of a teen or emerging adult child has experienced the frustration of trying to effectively protect them from impulsive emotional decisions that may impede their success. But it can feel like an endless battle of wills: you either give in and accept that you cannot control them; or go into full metal control, which severs the relationship.
So how can parents avoid these types of all or none scenarios? How can you more effectively scaffold your emerging adults' growth and development, and maintain a healthy relationship?
In this chat, we will:
- discuss how and why the seeds of these unhelpful power struggles get planted.
- explore the counter intuitive nature of communicating during an emotional situation
- role play and practice specific strategies for more effectively communicating with your emerging adult child