Elevate Counseling: Communicating Through Different Opinions

Mom’s Blog Contribution: Creating Space For Different Opinions

The teen years are a time when, developmentally, we challenge social and organizational constructs (and often our parents) in an effort to gain independence. Teens often try on many different hats, expressing strong opinions about topics (even if you feel they have little life experience to understand their deeply felt views).

Our current environment is rife with political, social, and civil divides. This is impacting both teens and adults, as they consider their personal beliefs, as well as the beliefs of their families and social circles as they converse (and possibly disagree) with loved ones. It is okay to have different “opinions” or “belief systems.” It is not okay to belittle loved ones, regardless of age.

This month, I take on the topic of “Creating Space For Differing Opinions In Your Home,” where I share important ground rules for debate when you and your teen (or other family members) don’t see eye to eye.

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Jamie Dana

Jamie Dana

Jamie Dana, MC, LPC, helps teens and adults overcome mental roadblocks and achieve their goals to live an elevated life. Specialties include research-based interventions to address stress and anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, eating issues and struggles of the gifted and high-achieving population. For more information about her techniques, services and additional resources to help you succeed, check her out at www.elevatecounselingaz.com or follow us on Facebook and Instagram. You can also Contact her to schedule an initial appointment today