Effective Communication


Step 1: Pause (and listen)

Step 2: Express

Refresher #1

Step 3: Reflective listening

Refresher #2

Step 4: Agree

Step 5: Negotiate

Refresher #3

Tip: Accentuate the positive

Tip: Address inappropriate language

Refresher #4


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Tip: Address any abusive or inappropriate
language with a firm and clear message

While you cannot prevent offensive language from being a part of some types of music, television, and other media, you can try to influence your teen's views on what is appropriate in different situations.

Language is a powerful means by which teens control the actions of others, including dating partners, parents, and peers.

Be especially vigilant for expressions that put down others, no matter how “innocent” or “joking” they may seem, and point out what these expressions really communicate.


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