Parenting Your Teen

January 8th, 2015

Adolescence is a time of change and growth both physically and emotionally. Often, youths at this age are developing new thoughts, feelings, ideas, and identities as they become more independent. Because this is such an important time to maintain communication between you and your child, here are some tips on talking to your teenager:

  • Build good will. Spend time together in enjoyable discussion or activity. Share interesting parts of your day. A reserve of positivity will make the hard conversations easier.
  • Be open-minded. What matters to you may not matter to your teen. But what matters to your teen has great value to you. Make time to hear about the joys and struggles of your teenager’s life, even if it involves things that you don’t know much about (like Instagram or Tumblr).
  • Communicate care and connection. Let your teen know that you are thinking about him (send a text or pick up his favourite snack). Surprise her with tickets to the movies with a friend. Let her know (in your words and actions) that you are there for her when times are tough.



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