12 Ideas to Get Your Teen Talking

Sarah Hamaker

Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer
Updated Apr 14, 2023

One reason you might be having trouble conversing with your teen is that you haven't made the crucial transition to mentor. If we're parenting our 14-year-old the same way we did when he was eight, we will quickly run into a communication problem. As they enter their teen years, we as a parent should begin to step into the role of mentor. This means we need to transition from telling our kids what to do to mentoring them as they decide what to do. This is crucial to helping them learn how to make sound decisions. We should be more in an advisory capacity than a director capacity, allowing them to take charge of their life while still providing guardrails. The more we stay in our mentor lane, the more our kids will open up to us.

While there are no fool-proof ways to get your teen to talk to you, there are ways to make it easier for communication to happen. Here are a dozen ideas to get your teen to open up with you.

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sarah hamaker author bio picSarah Hamaker is a national speaker and award-winning author who loves writing romantic suspense books “where the hero and heroine fall in love while running for their lives.” She’s also a wife, mother of two teenagers and two college students, a therapeutic foster mom, and podcaster (The Romantic Side of Suspense podcast). She coaches writers, speakers and parents with an encouraging and commonsense approach. Visit her online at sarahhamakerfiction.com.

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