Ages 15-18: Communication

Two teens using a smart phone togetherCommunication can be difficult with older teens (especially if they get to be so busy that it seems like you barely see them). But you can also have conversations that are much more interesting and insightful than you expect!

It’s important to continue to keep the communication lines open during the teenage years. By intentionally building good communication practices, you can ensure that your family remains strong, even when things get tough.

Talk to your teen about whether what he or she wants to do contributes to a sense of purpose in life and builds a sense of self, or is “just something to do.” Encouraging your teen to get involved in causes that support other people or issues of equality also helps instill a positive identity.