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The parents generally agreed that their teenagers need to be punished every time they do wrong. But they explained the difference between being wrong, and disagreeing. They say that at times they, as parents, are also wrong. It is this occasions that there has to be a consensus. Interpersonal communication comes in handy. They discuss the disagreement, and if the parent is convinced that there is cause to reiterate from their previous decision or assumption, then they change and agree with the teens. If not, the parent takes a stand.
The parents say that coming together after a disagreement is not easy. But the first and most important thing they wish to put out to teens is that they love them. All that they do, as they explained, is done out of love. Correction is necessary, but not as necessary as dialogue. The parents try and understand their teenagers point of view, while, on the other hand, they show them the reasons why they’ve reasoned as they have (McIntyre, 2010).
Interviews for teenagers:
Parents are at a place of authority, so agreed some of the teenagers we interviewed, and this gives them the right to be decision makers in certain aspects of their lives as their offspring. Therefore the teenagers seemed to agree that being persuasive works out best. Some suggested blackmail, but a group member explained that this is not an effective way to improve interpersonal communication.
Most teenagers say that they persist till they are sure that their parents cannot change their mind. However, due to the fact that some of them are intrinsically dictatorial, the teens choose to be privy and do things behind their parents back. However, the best answer we got out of them was that do all they can to show their parents that they love them, that they don’t judge them, and that being clear and truthful seems to always work in the long run.
When teenagers disagree with their parents, the communication becomes complicated. However, they agree that they should speak in clear, concise language that their parents can understand. When they do not succeed in convincing their parents, they do not introduce hatred, as they know there will be a next time.
The lesson best learned while communicating with my parents is that they know best, for they have lived long and seen much. As much as we think that we have a fantastic opinion of our own as teenagers, the opinion of our parents should be carefully considered.
As teenagers, we are very much depended on our parents. And if we are to get what we want from them, then we are to be careful how we communicate with them, for we are more in need of them than they are of us.
Each of the team members went out and asked questions from our parents and our teenage siblings and friends. Not to make it seem personal, no one asked their own parents the questions; instead we switched and asked each other’s parent or brothers and sisters.