Communication is a Lifelong Skill
More advice for your teen by teens: You wouldn’t sit down to take the SAT without first looking at a few sample problems, and you wouldn’t run onto the basketball court for the big game having never dribbled a ball. Think of communication with your parents as a low-stakes space to practice sharing what you need or think before you use those skills with teachers, bosses, or peers. Telling your parents what you need and having them deliver will give you confidence that you can repeat the same tricks outside your home. Communication is easy when you practice first.
This article was written by the former chair of our Youth Advisory Board, Sarah Hinstorff.