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  • Writer's pictureKara Kohnen

Tips for Connecting with your Teen

Teenagers are still teenagers even in times like this! If you are concerned about your teen withdrawing, spending too much time alone in their room or addicted to their phone and ignoring family members, we can help!

Here are key parenting tips for connecting with teens:

1) 1:1 time - can be as simple as turning the radio off in the car or going to the store together

2) Family meal times with no screens

3) Have peers over to their home (when safe) and observe from a far

4) Establish relationships with peer's parents and invite them to communicate any concerns

5) Turn in cell phones/screens each night a certain time

6) Monitor social media for unusual activities or key words if any risk factors

Keep in mind teens are often listening even if they are pretending they are not. Parents are still the most important role models in their life both consciously and unconsciously! If you need further help with your teen to improve the relationship communication, consider working with family counselor who is skilled with teens. (Our team is great in this area and help if you need it.)

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