Let Your Teen Regain Your Trust

Fact: teens want to have a healthy relationship with their parents. Which is why they sometimes freak out when they believe they’ve damaged the relationship beyond repair following a mistake or bad choice. You can get things back on track by making two things clear: that you reject the behaviour while embracing the person and that you know your child has the capacity to do the right thing. Playing the “I’m not angry, I’m disappointed” card can generate guilt and anxiety. Instead, point out that your teen is still the same great person you’ve always loved.

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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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