Raising a teenage son is no joke! There are times when you’ll want to rip your hair out, laugh your butt off or just walk away. Teenage sons really are quite a bowl of fun and surprises from time to time. With all of that shock and awe though, teenage sons are actually pretty quiet. Teenagers aren’t one to come forth with their feelings, at least, not teenage boys. Today I’m going to share a few tips for communicating with your teenage son. If you’re struggling with communication between your teenage son and yourself, these tips will help open up the line of communication sooner rather than later.
Teach Speaking of Emotions
Often times we forget that our teenage son may not understand how to verbalize what they’re feeling inside. They often will hold it in and we sit it comes out as anger or frustrating when it could have all started off as a simple hurt feeling moment. Work with your teenage son to use the right words to define how he’s feeling. While this may sound childish, it’s honestly the first step in trying to communicate with your teenage son. Lead by example, start using proper vocabulary to define how you’re feeling during the day, your teenage son is listening to I promise you that.
One area where communicating with your teenage son gets ruined is when you assume how he’s feeling or what he’s thinking. Learn to let go of the assumptions that he’s feeling or thinking a certain way. Between hormones, friendship changes and body growth, this teenage son is going through a lot at this stage in his life. Your little boy is now growing up and while he used to showcase emotions in a certain way, it’s a whole new ball game now, and you need to relearn his body language and ques for how he’s feeling rather than assuming.
This tip for communicating with your teenage son tends to work wonders with teen boys who simply do not speak much. If there’s something on your mind or a subject you want to address with your son, communicate out loud while he’s eating breakfast or doing something that isn’t taking up a lot of his attention. When you start to communicate indirectly to your teenage son, you’ll soon find that he starts to talk back to you in a good way and communication gets opened up again. There’s something about that confrontation of communication that deters teenage boys from speaking up about their thoughts.
Once you’ve started to work on these tips for communicating with your teenage son, you can implement other strategies to follow up with them later on in the week or month. Another great way to start working on communication with your teenage son is to enjoy some of his favorite activities, perhaps you set a weekly “date” with your son to play his favorite video games or go to his favorite restaurant, these ideas will surely help open up the communication between you and your teenage son in no time at all.