Tips on how to communicate with teens

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Keeping the lines of communication open with your teenager is so important. I think a child hits those teenage years and they are kind of walking through a tunnel. You are in the tunnel and tapping on the cement block and your saying, "I know you are in there. I maybe can't see you right now, but I know you are in there." Stay connected is so important. What you do is really move towards the child. You do have to have rules. They have to have responsibilities, but you really want to create a heart connection. Move toward your child with your heart in all the ways that you can. Your conversations, you start with heart. You don't start with this power perspective. You start with I'm talking with you about this because I care about you. You constantly reiterate to that child, I care about you. I'm limiting you because I care about you. I love you. That has got to be the message when your child is a teenager, otherwise, your heart will not be connected.

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Wanda Yeatman

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Wanda Jones-Yeatman is the owner of WJY Consulting, a small firm specializing in providing a variety of consulting, training, facilitation, coaching and program management services to organizations and individuals. Wanda has worked in the field of education and training for over 25 years, with extensive experience in personality type and its application, team-building, communication, success coaching, career development, human relations, conflict management and peacemaking, management training, leadership development, group facilitation, organizational development and multicultural awareness. As a consultant Wanda has served as an internal organizational coach focusing on subjects such as supervisory leadership, teambuilding, communication, conflict resolution and workforce planning. 

Wanda was born in Roanoke, VA and grew up all over the world as part of a military family. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Arizona State University and a M. Ed. from the University of Maryland in Counseling and Personnel Services. Wanda is married, mother of four wonderful children and resides in Maryland.

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