Ep 52: Get Your Teen to Think

Ep 52: Get Your Teen to Think

Update: 2019-09-29
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This week I spoke with Dr. Jennifer Salerno about her book Teen Speak: A Guide to Understanding and Communicating with Teens. Dr. Salerno started an organization that trains medical professionals on how to speak effectively with their teenage patients. Soon, she discovered the doctors and nurses she was training were utilizing her teachings in their own homes!

Dr. Salerno’s research has resulted in a system used by medical professions all over the country to mitigate risky behaviors among teens. The system works by helping adults quickly identify risk and communicate with teens effectively about what the consequences of their actions may be.

Jennifer’s interview is packed with tactics parents can slip in to their everyday communication to create a positive impact on the parent-teen relationship.
In this episode we cover:

  • a step-by-step metod for using statements to dig deeper in a conversation

  • the “magic” sentence to get your teen talking about their day

  • dealing with teens’ tendency toward drama

  • how to turn “whys” into “whats,” and

  • getting your teen’s intentions to line up with their behaviors. 



Through her book and work in the medical community, Dr. Jen has reached hundreds of parents and medical staff. Her toolbox of communication strategies is open - now all that’s left is to start using them!
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Ep 52: Get Your Teen to Think

Ep 52: Get Your Teen to Think

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