What to Do When Your Teen Hates You-MainPhoto

4 Ways to Give Your Teen Some Freedom-MainPhoto

But give them space, too.
There was a time when you were your child’s go-to person to converse about everything under the sun: the new Disney movie, the family that moved in down the block, and what the moon is made of. And your kid may still come to you with questions about issues like heartbreak. But most of the time, you probably feel like the last person on Earth your prickly teen wants to talk to. As hard as it might be, give him a little breathing room. “To be awesome adults, [teenagers] need to feel the challenges and explore their independence,” says Kester. Honor his wishes for a little space, but don’t shut him out entirely. Your teen needs you, even if he doesn’t act like it.