Parenting is hard, and it can often feel like things are outside of your control. So what can we control? We can create a welcoming environment for conversation to grow – a place of kindness, openness and interest in what they have to say – when our teens are ready. We need to listen – intentional, active listening that honestly tries to see things from their perspective BEFORE saying anything about the way we see things. And, we need to know our role – healthy kids grow from one stage to another, and healthy parents need to change their role as well, growing and adapting alongside their kids.