Embrace this thought for a second. As your teen’s childhood ends and he enters puberty, your opinions start to mean nothing to him. Well, he would still like to make you proud, but his peers’ opinions are what he will take most to heart.

Around 12 years of age, children tend to pull back and seem to retreat into their shells. And as they grow to become more individualistic, the most important concern parents have is getting their children to talk to them.



Why Teenagers Don’t Share: 


As their physiological and cognitive functions develop, teens begin to develop the ability to think abstractly. They’re bursting with information about the exciting life that’s happening around them. But, they fear judgment and repercussions from their parents for divulging too much of what they’re finding out.



How To Engage Children In Conversations: 


Create rules around dinner tables and cars. “No phones, no distractions.”

Share your own experiences as teenagers and what you loved and what you didn’t appreciate as much.



Texts Moms Of Teens Dream Of Getting: 


Texts Moms Of Teens Dream Of Getting



The Secret To Getting Teens To Talk: 


Teens do well when they don’t have to look you in the eye directly. The best place for such type of conversations is outside the home. Top places for those kind of candid conversations are:

  1. Cars
  2. Parks



Actionable Tip:


Here’s a thought exercise:
Think of the time when you were your teen’s age. How did you interact most with your peers then?

a. Talking on the phone
b. In person
c. Texting
d. Email
e. Online gaming
f. Myspace / Social media video chat

Bottom line. Don’t sit in front of them to ask, “So tell me, how was your day?” Get creative and meet them midway. 


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About The Article Author:

Our mission with FutureSTRONG Academy – to grow children who respect themselves, their time and their capabilities in a world where distractions are just a click or a swipe away.

I see myself as an advocate for bringing social, emotional and character development to families, schools and communities. I never want to let this idea out of my sight – Our children are not just GPAs. I’m a Writer and a Certified Master Coach in NLP and CBT. Until 2017, I was also a Big Data Scientist. In December of 2044, I hope to win the Nobel. Namasté

Write to me or call me. Tell me what support from me looks like. 

Rachana Nadella-Somayajula,
Program Director & Essential Life Skills Coach for Kids and Busy Parents

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