Concerned About Your Child’s Choices? Play The “What If ” Game
As a parent, it can be frustrating and challenging to communicate effectively with teenagers.
One of the most common issues that parents face is arguments with their teens about choices and decisions. While it may be tempting to argue and try to convince them to see your point of view, this approach often leads to tension and stress in the household.
Instead, parents can try playing a “what if” game with their teens to help them think through their choices more fully. This game is a creative and fun way to encourage your teen to consider the consequences of their actions, without resorting to arguing or lectures.
To start the game, ask your teen a hypothetical question that relates to the decision they are facing. For example, if they are considering skipping school, you might ask, “What if you skip school today, and your teacher calls me to tell me that you missed an important test? What would you do?”
Encourage your teen to consider the potential consequences of their actions, and to think about how they would feel if those consequences actually occurred. You might ask follow-up questions to help them explore their thoughts and feelings, such as “How would you feel if you missed that test?” or “What would you say to your teacher if they asked you why you weren’t there?”
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