How to get your teenager to open up and talk to you
1. Show them you have time for them.
2. Shut up and listen.
Parents have life experience and wisdom. But if your teenager does decide to open and talk about her problems, odds are she doesn’t want to listen to how you overcame your problems in the past. Teenagers go through a phase of ego-centrism, which means they believe the world revolves around them. Obviously this is an immature, unrealistic perception, but it is part of human development. So, don’t waste the precious time your teenager is willing to give you by dwelling on your memory lane. Stop talking about you, and listen to her.
3. Help them solve their problem; don’t just offer absolute advice.
What a positive lesson to teach your teenage children!