This website is dedicated to helping parents and caregivers of troubled children, teenagers, and young adults. Use the search box to explore articles or read trending articles, and find information about how to manage challenging behaviors. You can do this–your skills really can improve your family life as well as that of your child.
Parents can learn how to talk to a difficult teenager and reduce fights or frustration and improve communication. Below are effective responses for when you and your teenager argue or get stuck in the same negative patterns. Before you talk with your difficult teen, consider these three very important principles.
WHAT you say and do depends on your unique situation, your teenager, and what the problem is. There are no magic words that work for every teen. It’s up to you to thoughtfully choose which responses fit your child’s behaviors and customize them.
HOW you say it will determine success or failure. Doing this well means you must have an iron grip on your own feelings and behavior and not be a parent.
Improvement takes time. Pace yourself for a marathon.