Teaching Teens Self-Reflection

DIGESTING LIFE EXPERIENCES
Self-reflection allows teens to determine what about a situation is unpleasant, and then come up with ways of dealing more effectively with similar experiences. They may come to realize that there are certain skills they still need to learn. They might also come to recognize ways to avoid or turn around those situations in the future.

Self-reflection allows teens to figure out more effective ways of being who they want to be in the world.

MAKING TIME FOR SELF-REFLECTION
The world is full of distractions, and many things that appear more exciting to teens than making time out for self-reflection. Yet, self-reflection allows teens to direct their lives instead of feeling ruled by forces outside of their control.

The kind of wisdom and self-control required for teens to become independent young adults doesn’t come all at once. It is gained by learning from their mistakes, and utilizing their experiences to lay a solid foundation for their life. 

FACILITATING SELF-AWARENESS
Try to set aside a portion of time each week to sit down with your teen to check in and discuss how they feel about the direction their life is going in. The best way to approach this is by inviting safe, heartfelt discussions. Ideally, you want to consider setting aside 20 minutes a day where there are no interruptions. Turn off cell phones and try to pick a time when you do not have other things that either of you need to be doing.

Try and stay on one topic during each discussion. Acknowledge your teen when self-awareness is successfully demonstrated and gently facilitate the process with open-ended questions when it is not. Try to make this a positive experience for your child.

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