Teens Talk

  • Avoid jumping to unnecessary conclusions
  • Avoid teasing us about boyfriends or girlfriends
  • Be open.  Try to be more of a friend than a ruler.
  • Realize that we are growing up.  Let us be ourselves.
  • Talk to us as if we are intelligent.
  • Show that listening to us is really important to you.
  • Find time to give 100% of your attention to us.
  • Realize that we want to be responsible for ourselves.
  • Trust us to handle some of the family responsibility.
  • Don’t expect us to treat you like and adult when you are acting like a child.
  • Understand that our appearance is important to us and that we have our own unique fashion ideas
  • Don’t assume that all teenagers are rebellious and have an attitude.  Many adults look down on us and expect the worst.
  • Don’t embarrass us in front of our friends.  The safest thing is to not say anything unless you absolutely have to.

Tips contributed by: Tina Foster, Justin Osle, Virginia Shook, & Joey Leonard

Encouragement: A publication by Angela DiCicco and Gail Signor

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