Giving Teens Feedback

No one likes receiving criticism. Start by thinking about that whenever you need to give feedback, especially to a teen who doesn’t have decades of life experience and accomplishments to emotionally lean on when they hear something negative. Practice giving feedback today –– it can be positive or negative, depending on the situation. Be specific, addressing the action and not the person. For example, “You forgot to do the dishes,” vs. “You are a slob.” The first statement gives your teen control and indicates things could go differently in the future. The second statement shuts down communication.

Click here for another 100-word parenting tip.

About Melissa Ford

Melissa Ford is the senior strategist at Women Online. As a writer, she covers a diverse range of topics including education, health, technology, and parenting. She is also the mother of amazing twin teens.

Read more articles by this author

Get our weekly newsletter for practical tips to strengthen family connections.