What do you think the best way for an effective communication about life between parents and their young(or grown-up) children is?

There may be conflicts and discrepancies between boomer parents and their children(or adolescents) named as the Net Generation by Don Tapscott in his book of “Grown up Digital(2009)”. Don Tapscott recommends us to have a family dinner to talk about values with kids.

Let’s think about this question in consideration of the following answers. If you have some idea or opinion about the above question, please leave your comment in consideration of the following answers in order to share it with other people in the world.

From: Shammi Malik( Senior Manager (Lubes) at Indian Oil Corporation Limited, India)

Date: March 11, 2010
To: Michael Chang
A discussion over dinner surely helps. I have made a habit of having dinner with the whole family seated together. Many things get discussed at that time and communication gaps are not there.

 From: Don Wilcox (Professor at Algonquin College, Canada)

Date: March 11, 2010
To: Michael Chang
We’ve always tried to be honest and open. If they are old enough to ask, they are old enough to receive an answer … age-appropriate perhaps, but we don’t avoid answering just because it’s uncomfortable. And, we always make sure the communication is two-way, not just parent-to-child (or teen, whatever).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
From: Susan Shwartz PhD(Harvard University) 
Date: March 16, 2010
To: Michael Chang
Honesty, respect, keeping the family together.
                                                                                                                                                                       

From: Merydith W (Developing next generation leaders: New York & Adelaide at IB Coaching)

Date: March 11, 2010
To: Michael Chang
The most important thing a parent can learn about their children is to learn what the child’s brain is capable of. Adult brain isn’t so until 26 yet many of us don’t know that and sadly we treat kids like adults and expect them to be able to function in that realm.

Books
Sex in the Boardroom (leadership development)
If it’s to be: It’s up to me
Back from Hell

Merydith had an article published in The Washington Post giving leaders tips on how to manage in the financial crisis

From: jean marsing
Date: March 11, 2010
To: Michael Chang
There is nothing better than communicating in a car.
                                                                                                                                                                                           
From: rajjak sheikh( Financial Controller at Buchen IRM Abdul Aal WLL)
Date: March 11, 2010
To: Michael Chang
the best way is choose a weekly topic on each relevant subject which concerns society in general and your family in particular for a group discussion after dinner, if family is staying together otherwise do it through internet/ chatting.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         
From: Wallace Jackson(Multimedia Producer at MindTaffy Design)
Date: March 13, 2010
To: Michael Chang
There is nothing better than communicating in a boat.
                                                                                                                                                                                      
From: J. Renee Gordon( Human Capital Architect at E Squared)
Date: March 13, 2010
To: Michael Chang
Wait until you are ask. Communication is always most effective when both parties are open to it. Learning to listen is imperative to knowing how to respond. Raised four sons…none are in therapy or jail.
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