Conflict between teens and their parents is normal. It can become severe and threaten to ruin their relationship. Because of the significance of the issues and choices facing adolescents, healthy communication between parents and teens is critical.
Mediation provides a safe, neutral environment where family members can talk to each other, explore areas of disagreement, and come up with solutions to which both sides can agree. Giving teens a voice in making decisions affecting their lives empowers them and acknowledges their need for greater autonomy in a way that is acceptable both to them and to their parents.
Issues of particular concern to teens include:
- rules and discipline
- privileges and responsibilities
- planning for the future