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Although communicating with your teen can be challenging, it is important to continually make the effort. This is especially important when your child acts out with problem behaviors or seems troubled in some way.
When attempting to talk with your teen about problems or concerns, schedule a "date" in a private and quiet place. During this meeting, focus on the following techniques to help you facilitate conversation.
This includes how certain behaviors affect other people. Convey how even though the behavior may not necessarily be "wrong," it makes you feel anxious.
Also discuss how you will reward responsible behavior.
Encourage your teen to join a school club, sports team, or church group to meet new friends.
This includes plans for the summer months. Focus on productive activities, such as youth programs, camps, volunteer programs, or possible jobs.
Current as of:
September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Susan C. Kim MD - PediatricsKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineJohn Pope MD - Pediatrics
Current as of: September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & John Pope MD - Pediatrics
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