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VIDEO: How to effectively communicate with your teenager


Psychologist Clare Rowe shares some tips on creating quality and effective conversations that can help your teenager open up about their feelings. 

Tips for communicating with your teenager

  • Bridge the gap
    As a parent of a teen you'll need to put some of your thoughts and views on hold and try and see things from your teenager's point of view.
  • Timing
    Try and bring things up at the right time. Wait till your child is calm and you can approach things with less emotion from both sides.
  • Value your teen's feelings
    Try and understand and validate how your teen is thinking, You don't need to have the same views- but your teen will feel heard and valued

Watch the video above to pick up more tips such as using the right language, and understanding how to communicate effectively.


ReachOut is Australia's leading online health website for young people and their parents. Working with registered counsellors, psychologists and mental health professionals ReachOut provides online self-help tools that are used by over 1.5 million Australians each year. A valuable resource for many parents, teens and young adults.


If your child, or anyone you know is having issues with self-esteem, confidence or mental or physical health, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

This content includes the views and opinions of a third-party, and does not necessarily reflect the views of Suncorp. Information is intended to be of a general nature only and any advice has been prepared without taking into account any person's particular objectives, personal situation or needs.

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