I'm having a lot of difficulty communicating with my teen. I'm concerned that my son is affiliated with a somewhat rough crowd while my daughter may be confronting problems with drug/alcohol abuse and even a possible eating disorder. I have tried talking to them a number of times but I usually get the "nothing" or ""why do you need to know" excuse from my children. I want to prepare my children for the best possible life after high school while leaving a lasting impression of a good childhood.
Don't be nosy, there's nothing more annoying to a teenager than a parent that needs to know everything. And don't assume such things. Talk to them like they're actual people, not like they're seven. Share your stories with them to let them know you can actually relate. But most importantly, give them space. My parents give me space and I've turned out just fine. If you try to set more rules, it'll just give them more rules to break. Let them learn from their mistakes, it's high school.
NOTICE: The information provided on this site is not a substitute for professional medical advice,
diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your
physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on Wellsphere.
If you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.