Parent-Adolescent Communication (Reaction Paper)

1032 WordsFeb 2, 20115 Pages
“Is There Something I Should Know?”: Topic Avoidant Responses in Parent-Adolescent Communication by Michelle A. Mazur and Amy S. Ebesu Hubbard Teenagers, teens, young adults - these terms are commonly used by many to refer to us, adolescents. We independently go through a shift from childhood to adulthood (adolescence). In this developmental stage of adolescence, we experience dramatic changes in our physical, emotional, and cognitive aspects. As we reach the stage of late-adolescence, which occurs from ages 18 to 22, we become increasingly focused on the formation of our identities. At this point, almost all of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are driven by the exploration of various personal identities in pursuit of…show more content…
There is no good in plainly using aggression, terminating the conversation, and disinterest as responses to avoid discussing certain topics with parents. In fact, these only indicate a poor communication between us and our parents. Showing parents the bad habits of yelling, being sarcastic, angry or annoyed and showing a little concern upon conversations in both verbal and non-verbal means are factors that hinder opportunities of parents to interact effectively with us. In my point of view, an effective parent-adolescent communication can be determined by listening to the parent, discussing the topic, assertiveness, and reassurance. Active listening allows free-flowing thoughts. With these thoughts in mind, we should be able to discuss with our parents truthfully and in a respectful, calm, and firm manner. For me, the best way to end a conversation is to assure parents that we are aware of what we are doing and that we carefully think of our decisions. In making clarifications, I suggest that direct rejection be used rather than indirect rejection. This way, parents start defining their boundaries so as to not aggravate the situation and the communication process. Showing discomfort or crying helps adolescents convey their messages to their parents, which are concealed through their emotions. Parents should be able to use these non-verbal languages to interpret our nature. In this
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