Opening Dialogue With Your Teen
As a “cheat sheet” for a parent trying to open up meaningful communication with your teen.
Helps parents push past the sometimes awkward process of talking to a teenager by sincerely listening to what matters to them.
Schedule a short road trip with your teen with a fun destination such as hunting, camping, shopping, hiking, or whatever he/she would enjoy. Bring the list of twenty questions on the reverse side. Use or edit whichever of these questions seem to fit your situation.
While driving to your destination, ask several of the following questions. It is sometimes easier for a teen to open up while you both watch the road than it is face to face.
Keep in mind, the goal is to listen and learn – not to correct their impressions or “fix” anything too quickly. Also, remember that your teen may feel awkward talking to you about some of these concerns if you have not had similar chats before. Be patient, and don’t worry if they struggle opening up. Simply move on to whatever fun experiences you’ve planned and try again later.