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Communicating with Your Teen: Avoiding the ‘Should Do’

​Teens hear about 1% of what we say and 100% of what we do.

In this video, Michael Rich, MD, MPH, FAAP, FSAHM discusses listening to your teen and offers communication tips such as using the phrase “You can” instead of “You should.” Allowing teens to solve problems on their own will help them as they grow, mature, and come into their own.

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Reaching Teens: Strength-based Communication Strategies to Build Resilience and Support Healthy Adolescent Development (Copyright © 2014 American Academy of Pediatrics)
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