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CONNECT/RECONNECT WITH YOUR TEENAGER.
1. Listen to your teen, and step into their reality. Let them know you care and respect their feelings. This promotes trust and more of a chance for continued communication, especially during challenges and conflicts.
2. Teach and support your teenager in how to manage their own life. They are now reaching a very independent age where they desire to demonstrate "responsibility." During the process, ask questions, problem solve, be solution oriented, so that they can achieve these necessary skills.
3. Teach and create boundaries for both you, "the parent" and your teen. Setting boundaries for your teen is important and they need to respect and follow these boundaries. Setting parental boundaries that are requested by your teenager, is appropriate also, as it demonstrates, respect and fairness.
4. Keep your personal fears separate from the behaviors of your teen. Your personal fears can cloud your judgement, perception, and emotions when dealing with a teen challenge.