Bradley Hospital Parenting Guide: Parent/Child Communication
In this guide:
For kids and teens: How to talk so your parents will listen
For parents: How to talk so your kids will listen
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It's normal for teenagers to feel rebellious or to intensify situations beyond what seems reasonable to you.
These years are difficult for your child because they leave behind the ease and security of childhood to explore the freedoms of adulthood. They won't always know how to talk with you, but they need you to listen.
Teenagers make mistakes simply because they lack experience. It's like starting a new job. You don't know exactly how things are done at the new place, the work itself may be tougher and unfamiliar to you, and you're unsure whether you'll live up to expectations.
If there seems to be a breakdown in communication with your teenager, try these ideas: