Twenty-Six Ways to Get Your Teenagers to Stop Talking to You
- Correct them.
- Raise your voice.
- Question their intelligence and judgment.
- Criticize them.
- Don’t take them seriously.
- Use sarcasm.
- Lecture them.
- Speak condescendingly.
- Tell them they are wrong, misinformed, or immature.
- Talk more than you listen.
- Compare them to other kids: Why can’t you be like …
- Tell them how worried you are about them.
- Bring up something they told you out of context later.
- Offer solutions that they did not ask for.
- Punish them based on what they disclose to you.
- Try to manipulate them using guilt or shame.
- Remind them that you are in charge.
- Be a hypocrite: tell them to do as you say, not as you do.
- Lie to them.
- Demand respect, but don’t give it.
- Betray their trust or confidence.
- Refuse to acknowledge that everyone makes mistakes at times.
- Bring up a list of transgressions from the past to help you prove your point.
- Predict a negative outcome for their future.