10 Tips for Raising Teens and Tweens

Don't Lecture

Family Values, Courage, young teen with earphones

The lecture doesn't work because it is a closed form of communication. There is no back-and-forth to it. I recommend instead open discussions, outside the drama and high anxiety of crises.

Try This:

"Listen, I've noticed lately that your grades have been slipping, and I'm really concerned. What's going on? How can I help?"

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