Good communication with teens is vital during conflict. When we asked 5,000 adults what they wished their parents had done differently during times of conflict, they gave these three responses most often:
They wished their parents had listened more.
They wished they could have talked about feelings more.
They wished they had talked to their parents more.
It’s interesting that all three of those involve aspects of communication. And as this list suggests, good communication during parent-teen conflict begins with listening and not with searching for solutions.