Let's Parent on Purpose

April 30, 2023

Ep. 327 : Communicating With Your Teen Involves More Than Just Talking

It can often feel like our teenagers hear the exact opposite message from what we intend. Teens are likewise frustrated that their parents don’t understand them. Jay shares insights that can help you bridge the gap with your teen and enhance true communication. We don’t want to just exchange words, we want to understand and be understood.


Our discussion includes:

The importance of seeking the Lord in prayer for wisdom and understanding.


How teens are hypocrisy radars and why this will shut down their ability to hear what you are saying.


Limiting inputs in their life that are increasing insecurities.


Learning to be consistent in affirming elements our teens can control.


The power of paper notes and text emojis.


An encouragement to give the Lord time to do his work in each of our lives.


Resources mentioned:

Communicating With A Teenager


If you like this check out the first episode of my Communication And Conflict Series: Know Your Enemy


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About Let's Parent on Purpose

Let's Parent on Purpose is a weekly podcast designed to strengthen your marriage, parenting, and personal relationship with Jesus. Host Jay Holland provides examples from God's word, real life success and failure stories, and lots of humility from his 20+ years of student ministry, parenting, foster parenting, and counseling others. Each episode you'll receive an insight or interview that will help you thrive, not just survive your parenting years.

You can find more from Jay at LetsParentOnPurpose.com or follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

About Jay Holland

Jay Holland is a follower of Jesus, a husband to Emily, and the biological and adoptive father of four children. For more than two decades Jay has served as a pastor in family and student ministries, and has walked through multiple special needs challenges within his own family.

Jay’s personal and pastoral experiences led him to launch the weekly Let’s Parent on Purpose podcast to equip and empower moms and dads to build thriving families. He serves at Covenant Fellowship Baptist Church in Stuart, Florida and is also on the board of Hopegivers, a ministry that cares for children and churches in India.


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