Key Talking Points
Be kind but clear. Remember that your feedback is to help them grow, not to criticize or make them feel bad about themselves. Ephesians 4:29
Give time to process. They might not see it your way just yet, but hopefully they will later. Be patient.
Keep earning trust. Spend time with your teen learning what makes them tick and hearing their perspective on life.
Don’t be passive-aggressive. Veiled criticism – like couching it in joke – only makes your teen feel worse.
Don’t be a nag. Constant criticism makes your voice quieter, not louder. Choose your battles.
Don’t lecture. They’ve probably heard your message many times before. Let them own it – and maybe even let them articulate it! Proverbs 22:6
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