The Perils of the “SEND” Button (or “Would you say that to her face?”)
I’m so pleased to introduce Fern Weis of Your Family Matters. She is a certified coach helping parents of teens to change silence to sharing, apathy to responsibility and to raise them to confident, self-sufficient adulthood. As the founder of Your Family Matters, she works with parents privately, in groups, and leads a variety of in-person and virtual workshops. She is also a middle school teacher, writer, and parent.
THE PERILS OF THE “SEND” BUTTON (or “Would you say that to her face?”)
The dangers for our teens are very real, whether they are on the sending or receiving side of these messages. Teenagers have far less impulse control and are swayed more by their emotions and their need to fit in. Encourage your children to ‘take five’ too. Ask them if they would have the courage to speak their mind, face to face. This is a real test of their character. Remind them that once they say something, it takes on a life of its own and cannot be undone.
As always, consider what you are teaching your children. If you are already aware and careful in how you communicate, bravo! If you think there is room for change, do it now. Take a look at what you say, how you express it, and how you send it out into the world. And tell your kids about your new attitude. Teach them well and show them how it’s done!
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