21 Topics to Discuss with the Teen in Your Life

(Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on community wellness and inspiring others.)

Parents – this one is for you. We all know that raising teens can be hard. There’s the moodiness, the laziness, the fights and the worry. As parents, caregivers and mentors, it can feel like a losing battle no matter how hard you try to connect with your young one. It can be easy to take offense and become the victim in these situations, but it’s important to consider what might be the reason behind that attitude or unexpected outburst.

It is very rare for a young person to voluntarily share details about their lives, especially the aspects that might bring about embarrassment or disappointment. We have a responsibility to recognize some of the things that might be negatively affecting young people so that we can start the conversations that lead to better, healthier relationships both with each other and with oneself.

Remember – teens are faced with an incredible amount of pressure from peers, teachers, coaches and even you. Here is an alphabetical guide to some of the topics that your teen might find too uncomfortable to discuss:

 

Acne

Alcohol

Anxiety

Body Image

Bullying

Confidence

Contraception

Dating

Depression

Drugs

Eating disorders

Grades

Grief

Marijuana

Peer Pressure

Puberty

Religion

Sex

Smoking/Vaping

Stress

Weight