“Listening is not a parent’s first instinct on how to help their teen, but it truly will reap the most benefits in the long run. By talking less and listening more, parents will get a better understanding of what their child is going through. When they are listening instead of talking, it makes it easier for us to approach them with problems.
Even if your child does not want to talk, just being there and sitting with us can be comforting. The presence of someone who cares in the best treatment. In a time filled with anxiety and loneliness and fear, someone with an open mind and open ears is the most needed.”