Practical tips and skills from Wyndham City’s Youth Services team to help parents and carers tune in to young people.
In building a safe environment of trust, understanding and validation, young people will be more inclined to share their emotional experiences, no matter how unpleasant the emotions may feel for them.
The good news is, you don’t need to know the perfect thing to say or to have all the answers. A lot of these suggestions are non-verbal responses that allow your young person to see that you care and are willing to sit in the discomfort with them.
- Sit on the couch and rub their back or give them a hug
- Share affirming facial expressions & body language such as nodding, tilting your head, smiling (what ever feels natural)
- Say things like “that sounds really tough”, I’d feel sad if that happened to me too”, “I can see how that would have been really scary”.
Remember that we are focusing on our young persons emotional experience not the situation itself.
It is also important to remind our selves as caregivers to check in with out own emotions to ensure they do not take over.
If you would like more information or you are interested in hearing more about the Tuning into Teens Program please email us at [email protected]