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Connecting with your teen can be difficult but making the connection is vital to the health and success of your teen and your family; it is what bridges the gaps. Here are some tips to make the connection:

  1. Be consistent. When you ask, “How was your day?” or “What did you learn today?” do you get one-word answers like, “Fine.” or “Nothing.”? Keep asking. Eventually, your teen will begin to open up because you’ve shown consistent interest in them.
  2. Stop what you are doing and listen. Let your teen know they have your undivided attention. Try to understand where they are coming from instead of thinking about what you want to say next.
  3. Talk about their interests. Have conversations about things that are important to them and alllows them to lead. Talk just to talk; not to teach a lesson or make a point.
  4. Don’t overreact! Teens will sometimes test the boundaries just to see what type of reaction they can get out of you.
  5. Don’t talk so much! Long, detailed conversations will cause your teen to zone out and shut down quick, fast and in a hurry.


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