Good communication is vital to building positive relationships. Communication, both verbal and nonverbal, is how we connect as humans and share our thoughts, feelings and ideas. But communication is a two-way street, and active listening is an important part of being a good communicator. Being able to share your thoughts and feelings effectively while practicing active listening can help you build trust, respect, and friendship.

Be Strong aims to empower positive relationships among kids, teens, their peers, and the adults in their lives. But no matter the relationship, communication isn’t always easy. And when the going gets tough, it’s easy to run into breakdowns in communication — but that’s when good communication is more important than ever. That’s why we’ve compiled resources from one of our partners, Greater Good in Action, to help you build communication skills and become a better listener.

Whether you’re a parent, student, teacher, or role model in the life of a kid or teen, these tips and resources can help you listen, learn, and speak your truth more effectively.

Listening to Teens with Love

Relationships between teens and the adults in their lives can be delicate. As teens become more independent, they’re less likely to open up to their parents or other adults about their struggles, big or small. Click the link below for eight steps to build openness and trust with your teen.

Put it in action: Practice Listening to Teens with Love

Active Listening

Listening may sound simple, but active listening can be a difficult skill to master. Active listening is important for helping your conversation partner feel heard, understood, and respected. To practice your active listening skills, watch Six Ways to Be a Better Listener, then engage a conversation partner with the approachable exercise below.

Put it in action: Practice Active Listening


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