Teenagers. Do your teenage students ever talk about struggles they're having with their parents? Maybe they want more freedom? Maybe they think their parents put too much pressure on them? Sounds pretty normal then. This assessment will help bridge a communication gap between teenagers and their parents.
Table of Contents
Page 1: Cover Page
Page 2: Teenager Assessment of Parents
Page 3: Teenager Scoring Sheet
Page 4: Parent Assessment of Teenager
Page 5: Parent Scoring Sheet
Page 6: Teen Letter to Parent(s)
Page 7: Parent Letter to Teen
Page 8: "We Promise to..." Instructions and Examples
Page 9: "We Promise to..." Contract to Draft
How it works is teenagers place a score between 1-5 next to 24 different statements regarding their own beliefs about how they feel their parents are treating them. There is a calculation that is performed at the end which places them in one of three different categories in regard to the status of their relationship with their parents.
If a teenager so chooses they can give their parents the assessment with the 24 statements flipped to have the parents score from their point of view. The same calculation is performed at the end and will place them in one of the same three categories.
Then the fun part. The parent and teenager sit together and share what their final score was. Then they can share their scores for each other 24 statements and discover where they are perceiving their relationship the same as well as differently. Each statement is a talking point and worthy of a conversation. Finally letters are written and read to each other and a "We promise to..." contract is drafted and pinned up as a reminder and a reference.
This has been tried and true with my teenage students and their parents. This activity can be especially helpful for teenagers who are looking for a way to talk to their parents but don't quite know how to start. This activity gives them a topic 24 different times. I have had parents call or e-mail and thank me for giving this to them because it helped bridge a communication gap they were experiencing. It is sometimes nice to have a bunch of them copied at parent-teacher conferences if you sense there is a parent struggling with understanding their teenage child.
This activity could also work well for counselors dealing with a family situation where parent and teenager are not seeing eye to eye. This may help them discover the areas that need improvement.
I hope you enjoy hearing how their conversations went!
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