Talk to us Please… What we need to hear from Parents.
Parents, we need to hear from you! Sometimes, it seems impossible to start a two-way conversation with your child. A lot of the times, we feel that we are too old to sit down and talk to mom and dad, but we’re not. Talk to us about the problems we face the most. Remember, we need your opinions, your guidance, your support, and most of all your love.
First of all, you might ask, “What are the problems that our teenagers face the most?” I’ll tell you plainly. Sex, drugs, and violence. These are the things that you should talk to us about the most. Also, when we come in from school, if you ask us what we did in school, never accept, “Oh, nothin’” as your answer. Talk to us about teachers, schoolmates, and grades. But, if we go in our room and shut the door, that probably isn’t the best time for you to walk in and talk to us. Wait until a time when you think we might be more receptive to what you have to say.
When you find the time to talk to us always listen first. Then, give us your opinions on what we talked about. We need to know how you feel. But one thing you don’t do is try to force your opinion on your child. Tell us what you would do or how you would’ve handled a problem if you were in our shoes.
Also, we need your guidance. Tell us how you don’t approve of violence and what other ways we can settle conflicts. Tell us about the drastic effect that sex and drugs can have on us physically and mentally. If school is the area in which we need assistance, offer your help, but don’t push it. If grades are where improvement is needed, how about suggesting an afterschool tutorial program? If your help is rejected by your child, don’t feel bad, it’s just phase.
In addition to guidance, we need your support. Talk to us and tell us that you’re always here to give help if it’s needed. Whatever choices we have to make, talk to us and tell us that you’re behind us all the way (as long as the choice made by your child is reasonable).
And, the last and most important thing of all is that you not only show us, but tell us repeatedly that you love us. With your help, you can make the journey through the confusing adolescent years just a little better. Talk to us. Parents, we need to hear from you!
“Let’s Talk Month” Essay Contest Winners Middle School Level
Tiffany Doggett, Age 12, W.E. Waters Middle School