- 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