It can be a struggle bonding with your teen son because they be withdrawn or prefer to hang out alone in their room or with their friends. Watch this quick video to learn three concrete and simple ways to foster a strong relationship with your teen son.
- Teen boys tend to open up more if they don’t have to talk while looking directly at someone. Let them talk while doing something else (e.g., driving, shooting hoops)
- Teen boys like to bond with others doing activities. Let your teen choose the activity and have him share it with you.
- When he starts to talk, listen! Don’t take over the conversation, start giving unsolicited advice, or (worst of all) lecture. Be curious and practice active listening.
Does your teen son struggle with anxiety or depression? Or is he just “stuck”? Visit our contact page to send our adolescent specialist, Dr. Jenifer Goldman, a message or schedule a free 20 minute consultation to see how she can help.