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How to Connect and Communicate Better with Teens

Do you have trouble talking to your teen? Need help understanding what they’re going through? Experts discuss the challenges facing today’s teens, including the impact of the pandemic and social media.



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Social media, COVID, identity, social life, self-esteem.

These are just some of the challenges that teens face.

During these complicated times, it’s natural for teens to feel confused and alone. Plus, the pandemic adds layers of uncertainty and adjustment to teen life.

How can parents help?

What can we do to connect? And how can we communicate better to help teens find their footing, overcome challenges, and create healthy situations at home and school?

Today, mental health experts are here to offer tips and insights. Parents and grandparents call in with questions — from how to help their teens with attitudes to monitoring device usage to dealing with the loss of a parent, and more.


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