I had a conversation with a parent the other day that has me laughing still. In the conversation he said:
“Kids just need space and parents need to get the recognition that we’re all on the same team (even when the kids want to be on their own team called “This Sucks”).
Keeping communication open gives opportunity to get on the same team. Sometimes it feels insurmountable, but keep trying! Here’s a few conversation starters that are different than the regular conversations you might be having with them! Try them out at the dinner table, or in the back yard playing catch, on a walk or while doing something creative with your hands!