Get Your Teen To Talk

The easiest way to get teens talking is to not talk. Your teen will fill the silence when you patiently wait for them to speak. You can show them that you’re waiting for them to speak by putting away any distractions, such as a mobile device or laptop and making it clear that you’re focusing on their words. Offer simple words of encouragement such as “tell me more” or “that sounds interesting. Go on.” Present yourself as a non-judgmental sounding board and they’ll use you as a sounding board, bouncing ideas off you.

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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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