Many parents come to me seeking to know more about what is going on in the lives of their “crazy” teenager. You ask your child, “what’s going on with you?” and the answer you get back is “NOTHING! I’m fine!” We want our adolescents to self-disclose how their feeling, what they’re doing, and who they’re hanging out with, but as parents we forget that self-disclosure is a two-way street. This article explains how self-disclosing to your adolescent can bring trust and respect into your relationship, therefore giving your child more confidence to self-disclose to you. If this is a struggle, seeing a family therapist, like myself, can help adolescents and parents bridge this gap.
Their child may be acting out, feeling anxious, and/or throwing tantrums, but they are looking for answers to “why is this happening?” and their child