I’m now a mom of two teen boys and BOY have things changed in the way we communicate and interact with each other! It’s natural and normal that our kids start to pull away from us around the age of 11 (yes, that soon!) but it doesn’t mean they don’t need us! In fact, it’s essential that we maintain or create deep connection with our kids…but it’s not that easy.
Thankfully, we have author, Michelle Icard and her book, 14 Talks by Age 14, to help us navigate this time of independence (one minute) and dependence (the next minute).
In this episode we talk about:
- How to invite connection
- How to start a conversation
- How we crash and burn when we try to talk to our kids, and how to avoid it
- Why we need to “check our faces” when we talk to our kids
- The 5 steps to having a meaningful and connected conversation with your tween with BRIEF:
o Begin peacefully
o Relate to your kid
o Interview to collect data
o Echo what you hear
Michelle’s book, 14 Talks by Age 14 – The Essential Conversations You Need to Have With Your Kids Before They Start High School is available wherever books are sold.
For your free copy of the first chapter (loaded with so much good information) go to www.parenting-toolbox.com
About Michelle Icard
MICHELLE ICARD is a member of the TODAY show parenting team and NBC News Learn. The author of Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen and Middle School Makeover, her work has been featured in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, Redbook, Time, and People. Her leadership curriculum for middle schoolers, Athena's Path, and Hero's Pursuit, have been implemented at schools across the U.S., and her summer camp curriculum is offered at more than 20 camps each summer. She lives with her family in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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