Occasionally a kid — teens, especially — might come to a parent with an issue that’s distressing even for the parent to hear. Maybe someone has behaved cruelly toward your child, or maybe your child has done something that crosses the line for you.
At these times, it’s crucial to be someone your child can trust. Teens aren’t quite adults yet, but they’re increasingly making their own decisions. One of the best decisions you can encourage them to make is to turn to you when they need help. Making your teen feel safe when she’s at her most vulnerable is the best way to do that.
Hear your teen out. Try not to judge. Be a good listener, and your teen will be more likely to listen to you. Ask your child’s primary care provider, a school counselor or a community mental health professional if you need help.