Do you sometimes feel like the proverbial tree falling in the forest? When your teens don’t seem to hear you speak, you may wonder if you’re actually making a sound. If you’re frustrated – like this mother – by your attempts to communicate with your kids, maybe it’s time to try some humor.
It’s not easy being a parent today. There’s a fine line between protecting our children from very real dangers facing them – drugs, bullying, sexting, online predators – and overly controlling them through helicopter parenting.
When you set clear boundaries and expectations about issues you consider non-negotiable, like their safety, you can work with your teens to get their cooperation on others without resorting to these kinds of threats. Inject some humor into your conversations and see if you can recover some of those good feelings and belly laughs from the past.