That’s a funny line at first – but think about it – first, yourself, then – apply it to your teen… And remember – your teenager is only JUST beginning to recognize and understand their own emotions…
What can you do to help, to ease, to facilitate that fear or apprehension??
Start with patience, no anger, no intense reaction – follow that by a comforting phrase like – “I think I can understand how you feel, up to a point.” [do NOT say “I know just how you feel” – they hate that!! [then, pause…]. Then maybe a casual, conversational follow-up like – ‘what’s your day looking like?’
Just that simple, casual conversation can break the ice, even ignite their motivational fire… Give it time – and patience!