In this first episode of Season 3 of the Stay Calm, Don’t Panic! Podcast, Chris sits down with Dr. Mark DeYoung to talk about the importance and power of the check-in. Talking to teenagers is about more than just getting information, it can build relationships and help them find their own identity. You don’t want to miss these tips on how to make the most of the check-in!
In this episode, Dr. Mark DeYoung discusses…
- The importance of the check-in for building relationships.
- How empathy can help teens shape their own self identity.
- The benefit of asking teens how they are doing as a regular part of routine.
- How to best deal with answers like “I don’t know” and “I’m just fine.”
- Am I asking questions or making statements?
- Do I have an agenda when asking this question? Or am I just seeking to understand?
- Is this a good time to have a conversation? Or should I try again later?
- What was your favorite part of your day?
- Was there something that made you laugh today?
- How upset/happy did that make you feel on a scale of 1 to 10? What makes it that number? Can you tell me a little more?
Dr. Mark DeYoung is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over eighteen years experience counseling and helping families and children. His BA is in Human Resources, and Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. He completed his PhD in Child Development in the spring of 2008. He currently provides In-Home counseling services for families in the Fort Worth region of North Texas. His private practice includes the following counseling services: Marriage Therapy, Family Therapy, Foster family therapy, Adoption work, Parenting support and coaching.
Chris Robey is the Program Director for Teen Life. Earlier in his career while working as a youth minister, Chris earned a Masters Degree in Family Life Education from Lubbock Christian University to better equip his work with teenagers and families. Chris’ career and educational opportunities have exposed him to teenagers from a variety of backgrounds. Follow him on Twitter!
Karlie Duke started working as Teen Life’s Communications Director after graduating from Abilene Christian University with a degree in Communications with a minor in Family Studies. Karlie has worked with teenagers for the past 5 years and is passionate about encouraging students to live better stories. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram!