4 Questions to Ask Your Teen to Empower Conflict Resolution Instead of Encouraging Conflict
What are your thoughts on this situation?You might already know what they’re thinking and feeling, but they don’t know. You want to empower them to identify their own thoughts and develop their own opinion about what they are confronted with.
How do you want to handle this situation?It is easy for kids to default to self-deprecating responses like “I don’t know how to do anything”. Instead, encourage them to try out the tools they are developing through treatment. Together, you can explore the pros and cons of their answers, without negating their responses.
Have you taken time to think about this situation?Addiction and alcoholism thrive on impulsivity. By asking this question you remind your kid to remind him or herself to take a few minutes and think.
How does it feel to approach this situation that way?Working with feelings and making autonomous emotional decisions can feel awkward and uncomfortable. It’s important for kids to recognize that even with some discomfort, they are gaining confidence in their emotional lives.
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