Family & society: How to talk to your teen

Getting through the teenage years is all about education - for the parents every bit as much as for the child. Justine Delaney Wilson reports.

5th October, 2014
A mobile phone can be a huge source of conflict between child and parent. Picture: Getty

‘The concerns of teens are still the same as always: to fit in, to be accepted, to be liked,” says Dr Mark Smyth, a senior clinical psychologist who specialises in working with adolescents and young people in Dublin. “But it’s certainly far more complicated now, and harder for them than for previous generations.

“Working with teenagers now is like trying to do a 100-piece jigsaw without having the picture on...

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