Breakups can seem like the end of the world for your teenager. They feel their world has fallen apart and will never recover from it. This is why you, as a parent, need to step in and help them get through it and turn it into a teaching moment. Here are some of the best ways to do it.
Encourage Them to Open Up
Your teen might feel reluctant to share how they feel about the breakup. You need to encourage them to open up and show you are offering them a safe space to share without being judged.
Be a Good Listener
Sometimes, all your teen needs to feel better is for someone to listen to them. Don’t feel the need to share your opinions at every step and wait until they are done before making any comments.
Depending on the situation, offer advice to your teen about how they should approach their breakup. Make them more of a suggestion while describing how it could help them go through the process.
Finally, provide some kind of distraction to your teen in the early days of a breakup. This is when they are most vulnerable and would benefit from thinking about something else. Propose some activity or encourage them to do things that make them happy.