It's well known the teen years can prove tricky comms-wise, coach Richard Andrew flags top tips on how to get chatting.
Most parents of teenagers have been on the receiving end of teenage angst at some point: moodiness, door slamming, unwillingness to speak, the list goes on.
Teenagers are going through lots of changes: not just the obvious physical ones, but emotional too. It can be a confusing time, with worries about identity, sexuality, relationships and pressure to do well at school all potentially contributing to stress.
What's worth remembering is that the teenage brain is not yet fully formed, not all the connections work all of the time and so their behaviour can be erratic.
Their brains are not yet sufficiently developed to be rational and won't be until they are in their 20s. Adults think with the pre-frontal cortex - the rational part of the brain which allows us to exercise judgement and consider the consequences of our actions. Teenagers do not yet have all the connections to the pre-frontal cortex and still use the amygdala - the emotional part of the brain - so they tend to base their actions on emotions and may well not be able to explain why they have behaved in a particular way.
These differences between adult and teenage brains can make trying to talk to a young adult very challenging - and frustrating! It's human to feel infuriated, but it won't improve the situation. Remember that you are the one with the adult brain and try to set a good example.
Here are a few hints and tips to help you to have more effective conversations with your teenager:
None of these ideas are necessarily easy to carry out and require patience and application to try them.
Communication with your teenager will not improve overnight, but if you can help it to move in the right direction, life should get a bit easier for everybody.
Following a career in The City, Richard became a full-time executive coach in 2003 and is a leadership and parent transition coach for My Family Care. For more tips and one to one advice try our Speak to An Expert service