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10 Simple Ways to Connect to Your Teen

by Lindsay Hutton

Let's face it — sometimes it seems as though teenagers hail from a different planet. While it's true that your teenage child still needs your guidance as a parent, many times it feels as though having a conversation with her might seem about as easy as scaling Mt. Everest with no equipment. The next time you're struggling to connect with your teen, try some of these simple ways to get her talking and help get the lines of communication open.

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Father and son playing chess

Share His Interests


Does your teen love all things sports? Or chess? Or exotic sea creatures? Whatever your teen's interests and hobbies are, make them your interests, too. Start following your teen's favorite sports team, read the monthly car magazine he gets in the mail, watch his favorite sci-fi movie — anything to help you understand what piques his interest. This will make it easier to engage him in conversation if you are talking about something he is truly passionate about.

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September 1, 2014



Don't forget to hydrate! Forego sugary juices and sodas and pack a bottle of water in your child's lunch. If your child likes a little more flavor, spice it up with lemon, lime, cucumbers, or fresh fruit.


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