It is easy to feel scared and out of control as parents. But getting sucked into a power play causes frustration and disconnection, leading to more stress and worry.
To effectively reach your child and have a productive conversation, you must first reach inward and manage your fear. Notice how much an old fear of yours is being projected versus what is happening now with your child. Get clear on the point you want to convey, and communicate in a way that fosters a connection like you are on your child’s team, not the opposition.