This episode focuses on the child or teenager who does not want to talk about returning to school and tends to  “shut down” when the topic comes up. Silence from our children can be tricky, as it can bring up many different reactions and responses for us, as the parent.

In this episode, we explore what to do and say when faced with silence or a child or teen who has ‘shut down’. We identify a few helpful ways to support your child or teen in these situations so that you can feel aligned with your child or teen rather than ‘opposed’.

Validating the silence, exploring what is underneath or motivating the silence, and creating a ‘brave space’ for your child (or the conditions to share) are some of the ideas explored in facing this challenging situation as parents.