Loving Your Teenager (In Spite of Themselves) Part 5 of 7
- Make a Date (this works best for sons)
by © Judith Tramayne-Barth
Boys in general don't like one-on-one sit down in your face talks. It makes them nervous. If you get anything out of them, it will be one syllable or less, maybe a grunt. A boy takes a lot more finesse to find out what's bothering them. You usually have to assign them a chore, then go out and work right along side them. Periodically toss out a comment which requires more than a yes and no response. If you're lucky, you might get five or six sentences in a row. Take what you can get. With a boy talking about events in their life is fine, emotions -- well good luck. What's important is just feeding them and quality "hanging out" time.