I'm Lindsay Ferrier, a Nashville wife and mother with a passion for family travel, (mostly) healthy cooking, exploring Tennessee, and raising kids without losing my mind in the process. This is where I share my discoveries with you, along with occasional deep thoughts, pop culture tangents and a sprinkling of snark.
March 1, 2021
This post was written in partnership with the Center for Parent and Teen Communication. All opinions are my own.
When you have a baby, advice is not hard to find. Magazines, parenting blogs, websites and books are filled with all the information a clueless new parent could possibly need to know — and well-meaning friends, family members, and total strangers are happy to step in with ideas of their own, whether you wanted them to or not! As your kids become adolescents, though, good advice becomes harder and harder to find — Enter the Center for Parent and Teen Communication.
Created under the umbrella of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (one of the best children’s hospitals in the country), CPTC provides parents with science-based strategies to support healthy family relationships. They make those strategies available to parents for free in an easy-to-digest 100-word daily parenting tip newsletter.
How much practical advice can there be in just 100 words? A lot, as it turns out. CPTC’s one-minute video on communicating with teens was so helpful that I’ve watched it at least four times! It gave me some excellent ideas on how to encourage my teens to open up more when we talk, how to be fully present for our conversations, and how to respond so they feel encouraged to tell me more rather than clam up altogether. I struggle with good communication with my teens on a daily basis, so this was advice that I was immediately able to put to use.
CPTC has six one-minute parenting videos and all of them are very helpful. Give the videos a look and let me know which one is your favorite. I think every single one of them is totally on point, and they will absolutely benefit your relationship with your teen.
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