Holding conversations with teenagers where they actually open up and share about their personal lives can be difficult. In this episode, Chris and Karlie share some practical advice for talking to teenagers (and getting them to talk back). Instead of panicking about what they aren’t telling you, learn to start asking better questions!
In this episode, you’ll find out…
- What you can do to better talk and communicate with teenagers.
- How to stop teens from confiding in you.
- Why being a good-listener is so important.
- How to construct better questions.
- Indicators of when you need to follow your intuition and ask more questions.
- Practical things you can try today to improve communication with teenagers.
- Am I shock-proof? What steps can I take to become even more shock-proof?
- How can I better communicate that I am trustworthy in times of crisis?
- When do the teenagers I interact with want to talk? Am I available at those times?
Go ask a teen…
- A few questions from this article!
- Where did you struggle today?
- What did you do good today?
In this episode, we mentioned the following resources:
- Blog Post: “How to Stop Teens from Confiding in You”
- Article: “28 Ways to Ask Your Teens ‘How Was School Today?’ Without Asking Them ‘How Was School Today?'”
- Book: Leadership Coaching: The Disciplines, Skills, and Heart of a Christian Coach by Tony Stoltzfus
- Website: dontpanicpodcast.org
- Music: Under the Chandeliers
Chris Robey is the Program Director for Teen Lifeline, Inc. 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 Lifeline’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!
Coming up Next Week…
Don’t miss our next episode where we sit down with Sally Gary to talk about same-sex attraction and homosexuality. It is a conversation that you won’t want to miss!
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