Ways to stay connected to your teens

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One of the ways that parents and teenagers can stay connected is by parents making themselves available. You kind of need to be ready to talk and listen when they are ready. Kind of forcing, on this particular day we are going to be talking or when I get home from work, we are going to be talking. They may not be in the mood to talk then. Make sure you have open access, where your child can have access to you so that you have a lot of availability to them; so that when they are ready, you are there. The other thing is to not be so focused on having an in-depth conversation. The best conversations that happen with preteens and adolescents take place when something else is going on, while you are cooking together, riding in the car, or playing ping pong. You are not just sitting face to face. The best conversations happen when there is something else going on. Plan a lot of recreation time, and allow the conversations to come up naturally.

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Tina Payne Bryson, PhD

Psychotherapist & Author

Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, is a psychotherapist at Pediatric and Adolescent Psychology Associates in Arcadia, California, where she sees children and adolescents, as well as provides parenting consultations. She is the school counselor at St. Marks Episcopal School in Altadena, CA, and a Developmental Consultant to Camp Chippewa for Boys. She speaks to parents, educators, and clinicians all across the country. Dr. Bryson earned her PhD from the University of Southern California, where her research explored attachment science, childrearing theory, and the emerging field of interpersonal neurobiology. Her best-selling book The Whole-Brain Child (co-authored with Dr. Dan Siegel) gives parents practical ways to transform difficult moments into opportunities for children to thrive.  Dr. Bryson has written for a large number of publications, most recently the PBS series “This Emotional Life.”  She lives near Los Angeles with her husband and three children.  

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