If you want it, you’ve got to give it…it goes both ways… R-E-S-P-E-C-T

By z6p6tist6 on Flickr

By z6p6tist6 on Flickr

Building a loving relationship with your teen includes mutual respect. The respect you get from your child will reflect the respect you give your child. How you react to your teen in tough situations like disagreements is critical to how they treat you and others.

Be an eParent®! Show respect for your child. After a disagreement, text a message to your child saying you value and take seriously their opinion, even when you disagree with it. Create a code just between you and your child…LHU4MK (Love Having You For My Kid) or L&RA (Love & Respect Always) that you use just with them.

Communication skills are not only vital to your relationship with your teen, but important for his or her healthy development. Your teen is experimenting with new ideas and new opinions (that may be different from yours). After a disagreement or heated discussion, let them know that things are still ok between the two of you. This acceptance helps them learn and understand the complexities of mature relationships.

Read how texting can open communication between parents and teens.

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