Starting a Conversation With Your Teen Part 2

Let’s say you’re starting a difficult conversation with your teen; there are things you can do to increase your chances of it going well. Only begin the conversation if you are certain that you can remain calm. If you can’t stay calm, you can’t expect your teen to stay calm, and when both parties become loud, teens may block the conversation entirely. Next, watch your tone and avoid accusations. You can get around this by framing your feelings with an “I” statement followed by a reason. As in, “I feel frustrated because…” Both tips help the words flow.

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About Melissa Ford

Melissa Ford is the senior strategist at Women Online. As a writer, she covers a diverse range of topics including education, health, technology, and parenting. She is also the mother of amazing twin teens.

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