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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Talking with your parents isn't really very different from talking with your friends.
Think about it. The friends you like the most probably are honest with you, show up on time when you have someplace to go, know when to back off because you need some space, and don't try to act like people they're not. So you respect who they are, care about them and like to be around them.
Parents and teenagers can have the same kind of relationship. If there seems to be a breakdown in communication with your parents, try these suggestions: