Have you ever noticed when you ask your child 'Why?' they immediately shut down, roll their eyes or loudly exclaim 'I don't know!' or engage in all of the above?
If I told you that you had the power to cause your child to keep talking would you want to know how?
STOP RESPONDING WITH 'WHY'!!
When kids are asked 'Why?' they often feel interrogated, unheard and ashamed. It has a tendency to shut them down, they start to think 'I guess I shouldn't be feeling this way' or 'I guess my parent doesn't want to hear this'.
There are a ton of other ways to ask 'Why?' but first start with HEARING your teen. Let them know you heard them, validate their feelings then inquire for more information.
Instead of 'Why?' try:
'What's going on?'
'I wonder what's happening.'
'That's interesting, tell me more.'
YOU GOT THIS PARENTS!!!!