Respectful Parenting of Teens


A Note From the Santa Monica Teen & Family Therapist

Were you aware that your parent-child connection is at the heart of your teen’s willingness to cooperate, and adhere to your limits? – Sandra

Frequently, I see parents using punishment to try and influence their teen’s behavior, often resulting in power struggles and resentment–on both parts. It is also not uncommon for parents to repeat similar parenting responses to the ones they saw modeled by their own parents.

My job is to help parents slow down and become curious about what their teen’s behavior may say about what they are needing in that moment. Although it is definitely appropriate to set boundaries and have expectations for your teen’s behavior, it is also essential to teach them helpful ways of responding to their frustrations and challenges.

I provide parents with a safe environment where they can feel understood. Through discussing sensitive or heated topics with the parents of teens, I have a wonderful opportunity to give these parents a direct experience of what sensitivity and responsiveness to their teen can look like.

If your teen or young adult child is struggling socially or emotionally, I can help you to discover the cause and remedy it.

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