Discuss and explore the relationships of teens and their parents/guardians. Discuss a teenager’s struggle for independence. Discuss how parents have the same basic needs as teens in their multiple roles and how teens can contribute to or relieve parental stress. Explore effective methods of communicating and building trust with parents.
Students will discuss the importance of families and the role each student plays in their families.
Discuss mature communication styles between parents and teens.
Discuss conflict resolution between parents and teens.
Ask for two volunteers to role play a mother and daughter discussion.
After the role play, discuss with the students the tips on how to win with a parent.
Discuss resolving conflict with integrity between parents and teens.
Discuss how family members should be able to have differences of opinions and ideas without the conflict.
Play the game family feud. Instructions for the game are attached to this lesson plan.
What are the three preferred methods of communication between a teen and parent?
How can a teen create an atmosphere of mature communication?
How can a teen help in conflict resolution?
How can a teen help resolve conflict with integrity?
Information found in the Teen Living Curriculum – Utah State Office of Education
Teenagers will always struggle to find their independence. Just remember, increased freedom = increased responsibility. Parents have many roles to fulfill. Make sure you are part of the solution and not the problem. Choose effective methods of communication with your parents.
Homework Assignment: “How Well Do You Know Your Parents?” Hand out and explain this assignment to the students. It will be due next class period.
Discuss with the students appropriate methods for requesting increased independence from their parents. The activity and discussion guide is attached to this lesson plan.