CONVERSATIONS WITH KIDS AND TEENS
Announcement posted by Positive Thinking Clinic 10 Jun 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HAVING CONVERSATIONS WITH TEENS IS A MUST FOR EMOTIONAL WELLNESS THESE DAYS MORE THAN EVER!
Amanda Dounis speaks about the importance of having conversations with our children.
Some questions are difficult to answer. Some questions may take us by surprise and some questions can haunt us. And then some questions make us laugh.
Questions that can challenge our values.
In the end, we create pictures of who we are.
“Children must be allowed to use their voice.”
Sometimes we need to speak about emotions. Sometimes we need to speak about relationships even their identity their values beliefs.
“It's okay to ask questions and it's okay to hear their answers.”
After all, kids have their model of the world and this needs to be respected. Your job as an adult is to be a really good listener. Your job is also to ask the question. Invite children to feel okay about being able to speak about themselves and be honest.
And if they have a difficult time expressing themselves, be patient. This comes with practice. We all had to learn how to listen and speak and to prove this amongst ourselves in time some of the questions that we can ask our children for example just open up conversation can be as simple as what's the best or worst or funniest movie that you've ever seen?
Or what do you do to relax? We may ask questions about their relationships at school. We may ask what would your friends say were your strengths? We can ask them questions about their values. We can ask for example, how do you feel about someone who harms themselves?
“We don't need to be afraid to ask these kinds of questions.”
We can even ask questions to encourage them to search within their own emotions. We can ask something like, have you ever felt that things were out of control for yourself?
We can turn towards beliefs. We can even ask, how do you think the world came to be?
You'll be surprised at how many things you don't know about your child and their view or what they experience. Have the conversation with your children or child.
Give yourself permission to feel that you can speak to your children about anything other than just homework or house chores or cleaning up their bedroom.
Open up your view, open up your flexibility. Show them that they can speak and that you respect that they have their view.
ABOUT POSITIVE THINKING CLINIC
The Positive Thinking Clinic is a place where change takes place.
Amanda uses a variety of modalities to get the desired outcome that her clients aim for. She uses integrative techniques and that’s why the Positive Thinking Clinic is unique.
Positive Thinking Clinic
[Psychotherapist: Counsellor: Hypnotherapist: NLP Master: Early Childhood Teacher]
1/7 Magdalene Terrace Wolli Creek, NSW, SYD, 2205