No one likes receiving criticism. Start by thinking about that whenever you need to give feedback, especially to a teen who doesn’t have decades of life experience and accomplishments to emotionally lean on when they hear something negative. Practice giving feedback today –– it can be positive or negative, depending on the situation. Be specific, addressing the action and not the person. For example, “You forgot to do the dishes,” vs. “You are a slob.” The first statement gives your teen control and indicates things could go differently in the future. The second statement shuts down communication.