7 Tips for Getting Your Teen to Talk

Start the Conversation in the Car

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We’ve all been there before: you’re in high school, you’re invincible, you’re smarter than your parents and you can conquer the world.

But we sometimes lose sight of the fact that our teens are still kids in many ways, walking around in adult bodies. We feel they have grown up, can get themselves to and from school on their own, drive a car, and earn their own money at their jobs.

Finding the time in our busy lives to have an honest conversation with our teens can be hard. Here are a few tips to get the lines of communication open, so you can stay involved, informed and when needed, influential in their lives.

1. Start the Conversation in the Car

When you have your teens in the car on the way to volleyball practice, leave a few minutes early and take the scenic route. Being in the car with no distractions can help your teen open up. They can avoid eye contact for the whole conversation if needed, they know no one can overhear what they are saying, and it can help you get down to the nitty gritty because of the impending arrival at your destination.