Communicating With Your Teen
Be a good listener
Be empathetic. Validate your teen's feelings.
Express, don't vent your feelings.
Ask specific questions to generate discussion.
Give age appropriate, positive discipline.
Offer praise for efforts, not accompishments.
Honor your child's search for identity.
Staying Involved With Your Teen
Set aside time to be with your teen
Become involved in their activities..
Continue to show your love/concern and provide guidance.
Get to know your child's friends and their parents.
Encourage involvement in school and community activities.
The above is an excerpt from the Power to the parent website. Please visit the website for more information.