YCC Magazine

Vol.3 Issue 1

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28 GET IN THE RIGHT FRAME OF MIND • Keep an opened mind - When a child feels judged, they'll be less receptive • Put yourself in the teen's shoes - Think of how they're feeling • Be clear about your goals - Write them down • Be calm & relaxed - It's harder to engage when you're upset • Be positive - Or your efforts will be counterproductive • Don't Lecture - It's ineffective • Find a comfortable setting - Such as on a walk in a park • Be aware of body language - Sit together & use open gestures TRY ACTIVE LISTENING • Ask open-ended questions - Questions that elicit more than "yes" or "no" • Be positive in every response - Find the positive in every response • Let them know you're listening - Repeat back what you hear and understand • Sum up and ask questions - Ask their input • Ask permission - Ask if it's ok for you to ask questions or offer feedback • Offer empathy and compassion - Insert understanding WORDS TO AVOID WHEN TALKING TO YOUR TEEN Avoid... Instead, use... But And Should Want Bad Harmful Stupid Unhealthy Disapprove Concerned Disappointed Worried Can't Don't want FACTS TO SHARE WITH TEENS Talking facts is more effective in helping your teen make smart decisions. • Cannabis has become much more potent in recent years, which could increase health risks. • When using cannabis it can harm your ability to make decisions, concentrate and remember. It can also slow your reaction time and impair your ability to perform high-speed activities such as driving or biking. • Impairment can last for more than 24 hours after use, well after other effects have faded.

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