Do you ever wish your teenager had come with a manual?
Don't worry - you aren't alone. Countless parents find themselves in my office scratching their heads and asking the same question: "How do I get them to talk to me?" When I explore the issue a typical theme emerges: parents feel they're doing all the right things to set the stage for meaningful conversation with their son or daughter, but nothing happens. Questions are answered with the barest of information or the teen will address only 'light' topics and avoid anything with any depth, leaving the parent frustrated and feeling out-of-the-loop. I find myself giving the same advice again and again...
These are just a few pointers to get you started. Stay tuned for my next post where I'll share my number one suggestion for getting teens to open up (and anyone can do it!).
Blog Author -- Jodie Voth, MMFT
Jodie is a full-time therapist and owner of Voth Family Therapy. She enjoys working with teens and motivated adults who are working through transitions and relationship challenges.