Ages 10-14: Communication

The tween and early teen years can be difficult in terms of communication—you’ll have arguments, you’ll get the silent treatment, and then you’ll be your child’s best friend. Try to be patient and understanding; it’s not easy for your child, either!

Your young teen may seem angry, moody, or uninterested in talking, but she still needs as much support from you as when she was younger. Look for chances to talk: at meals, driving in the car, waiting in a line. Show that you understand what she is feeling by sharing similar experiences you may have had at the same age. Tell her you’re always available to listen and help work through things. Introduce her to caring, responsible adults who can be there for her, too.

Setting some time aside to talk is one of the most important things you can do to start building positive communication practices.

Communicating with Tech-Savvy Kids

21st century kids are increasingly communicating through technology. This can be an overwhelming concept for parents—especially when it comes to devices that kids can put in their backpacks and carry with them—whether it’s a cell phone, a hand-held gaming system, a laptop computer, a smart phone, an iPad, mp3 player, or something else. This mobile technology makes it easier for kids to fit whatever they want to access in their pockets, while making it more difficult for parents to monitor what their kids are doing