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For as much as parents have messages they want their teens to hear, teens also have some messages they want parents to hear.

Key Points:

  • Teenagers have some tips for their parents. Teenagers like to hear that their parents are wrong sometimes and they love to hear affirming words.
  • Teens also like to be asked for their opinion, whether it’s about small things or big things. 
  • Parents can approach their teenagers in conversation. They don’t have to be afraid because often times the teen wants to talk they just don’t know how to get the conversation started. 
  • Teenagers what parents to be honest with them about what’s going on in the family.

Quote This:

“Dear parents, knocking WHILE you open the door to my bedroom kinda defeats the purpose of knocking.” Sincerely, Teenager

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Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. For the Parent: how do you feel about the 7 things mentioned? Do you feel like those are fair expectations? Explain.
  3. For the Parent: Which of the seven are the hardest for you to do as a parent?
  4. For the Teen: give your parent(s) a grade on each of the items above. How can they improve?
  5. For the parent: What steps can you take to relate to your teenager in a better way?
  6. For the teen: What would you add to the list above? How will you help your parents to be more successful in the ways that they relate to you?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.