How to Talk to Teens…Don’t!

Most parents like to talk to their kids. This may have started out with the baby boomers who grew up largely in homes with parents who didn’t talk at all. Today, we have swung the other way, and maybe to an extreme. I meet parents very often who tell me their teenagers want them to […]

Keep ’em Talking

In my first semester of grad school, I took a mandatory course called Clinical Interviewing. It taught the therapeutic skills necessary for the initial meeting a patient, and how to obtain information without leading them. One of the skills emphasized time and again was using a technique called “open-ended questioning.” If I got nothing out […]

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