Are you keeping communication lines open with your teen? How often do you discuss difficult, painful, or uncomfortable topics? While it can be very challenging to engage in discussions that put either you or your child on edge (maybe both!), it is extremely important that your teen be able to approach you. Are you nonjudgmental when they come to you with hard topics? Are you available to them? Are you paying attention to them?
Perhaps it’s time to reassess your family communication structure and make needed changes that can encourage better communication between everyone in the family.