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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    This is a great point: "But look for behavior cues. As much as teens like to talk, they won’t always open up about things easily. Keep an eye out for when they’re quieter than usual, easily distracted or removed from the situation. In those scenarios, I find a simple statement like “you seem stressed, is everything OK? Let me know if you need anything” works wonders. They won’t always open up immediately, but they at least know you’re there if they need to talk."

    I wanted to know- your tip about having a back up plan- can you give an example of that?

    • Ken Romano

      Sure. There are plenty of times where I've wanted to have more serious discussions with the teens. But for one reason or another (usually an upcoming vacation or stress from testing) they're off the wall. So instead of trying to force them into a serious discussion about drugs or bullying or something, I'll pivot either to games or ask them to put on a skit acting out the discussion we were supposed to have.