I think of this as something of a companion post to one from a week ago. Hopefully, taken together, they can help you get closer to your teenager.
Parenting in general is anxiety-provoking. But there’s a particularly intense anxiety to parenting a teenager. And I’ve noticed in my practice that one of the things parents often do in response to that anxiety is try to seize more control over their teenagers’ behavior. Here’s why that strategy doesn’t tend to work out so well, and an alternate way to respond.