A: Ask

Ask youth to share what’s happening in their lives and listen without judging
  • Engage in conversations on a regular basis, so you’re not only talking when you see problems. Ask questions but be prepared for some answers you may not like
  • Find the right time to talk that works for both of you, put away distractions and give your full attention
  • Avoid minimizing what the young person is dealing with, stay away from sarcasm, ridicule and put downs
  • Take the lead: don't wait for your child to come talk to you