Inquire and Listen

You walk into your teen’s bedroom and find them crying. Parent to the rescue, right? Maybe not. Don’t make an assumption about their tears if they tell you nothing is wrong. They could be having a fight with a friend that they want to process on their own, or maybe they were just listening to a sad song. Parenting is inquiring about a situation and then listening to whether they want advice, a hug, or for you to tiptoe out of their room, saving questions for another time. Sometimes adults aren’t ready to talk. The same thing happens with teens.

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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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