3 Tips for Writing a Letter to Parents

Sometimes, it’s hard to talk to parents IRL. Letters can be tools to help get conversations started. You can offer an apology, express your feelings, or advocate for your needs. Looking for guidance? Check out these top tips from fellow teens. 1. Include something positive. Even if you are hurt or angry, start from a place of love and understanding. 2. Clearly state what you need. Share your feelings and concerns. 3. Proofread it. Consider having a trusted adult or friend read it. Rewrite it until you are satisfied you’ve made your points and not said something that might backfire.

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About Elyse Salek

Elyse Salek, M.S.Ed. is an Administrative Director of Research at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Her degrees are in Psychology and Human Development from Middlebury College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Education. She is the proud mother of two children.

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