Do Teens Listen to Their Parents?

Hey Parents! So, we’re back at the office talking about teenagers and brainstorming on tips for how to reach them. Time and time again we have this conversation. It’s kind of funny though, because in the end we come up with the same thing, the best way to reach teens is through conversation!

In a conference attended by a colleague and me, a presenter was explaining the importance of communication between parent and child. Within her presentation she said something very profound, “Parents tend to underestimate their ability to influence their teen’s choices and overestimate the influence of friends and the media. Teens continue to say that parents most influence their decisions.”

What’s your opinion? Do you believe this to be true? If so, what can parents do to encourage communication? If not, what can we do to work around the barriers or push past the obstacles?