Share Insights (Not Opinions)

Think your teenager doesn’t care what you think? Think again. Research has proven that teens look to adults for all sorts of facts, and they trust what comes from parents more than from friends. They may not ask for your opinion (because they want to figure out stuff on their own), but they do want information. Don’t believe us? Set aside a week to count up how many questions your teen asks you because they value your insight. See? So hang tight. Follow their lead. And make it clear your door is always open for questions.

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About Elyse Salek

Elyse Salek, M.S.Ed. is an Administrative Director of Research at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Her degrees are in Psychology and Human Development from Middlebury College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Education. She is the proud mother of two children.

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