How to Get Your Teen to Open Up-Be Open Yourself

This week Imagine Hope is focusing on specific things parents can do to help draw out more open communication with their teens.  #2 Be Open Yourself

Do you remember what it was like to be a teenager and feel like your parents were from another planet?  It may have felt like they didn’t understand you or what you were going through.  Imagine now how your teen must feel!  So, how do you bridge that gap?

Yesterday Teri talked about seizing moments by asking questions to get in deeper with what teens are thinking and feeling.  Imagine taking that another step further, and actually talking to your teen about your own experiences.  This could be anything from dating, body image issues, peer pressure to drink or do drugs, or even the stress of picking a college!

If you went through it as a teen, you have experiences you can reveal and wisdom you can share.  Don’t let these moments pass by, because they will only be teens for a short while!

These moments are also teaching moments--let your teen know that you are a safe person to come to if they ever are in trouble or need help.  This helps build a stronger relationship between the two of you, and also reassures your teen that they are not alone.

Come back tomorrow to learn about the importance of having fun with your teen to build trust  :)

 

Written by Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW

Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group.  Christy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling.  Christy also provides family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling

Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.