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Influencing teens and tweeners, part 2

Christine Carter, director, Greater Good Parents | March 25, 2013

In my last post, I introduced the idea of “motivational interviewing,” a way to engage with adolescents to make them feel heard, understood, and, ultimately, receptive to our wisdom. This technique, which has been proven effective in clinical psychology, is particularly useful when we want to influence our teens or tweeners to change their behavior. … Continue reading »

How to influence your teen, part 1

Christine Carter, director, Greater Good Parents | March 11, 2013

I frequently hear complaints from parents that their teenagers — or, more accurately, their adolescents — are irrational. Kids say they want to get into a good college, for example, but then they miss school because they’ve stayed up half the night watching movies. Or they say they’d like to keep taking guitar lessons so … Continue reading »