Teenagers often tune off to adult wisdom – interpreting it as a personal affront on their own core beliefs, and their ability to problem-solve on their own. We can open the lines of communication and help to develop an improved relationship with our teens, by actively listening to, and supporting them in reflecting on their own solutions. This type of stance reveals their true hopes and needs, and helps them to willingly sharing their thoughts. Active listening is a great start to providing young people with safety in respectful conversations that are free of judgment, and that motivate autonomy.