Talking to Your Teen

This is a good place to start if you are looking for help in talking to your child about difficult topics:Conversation Starters For Busy Families (pdf file)

Talking With Kids About Tough Issues (booklet in pdf format)

Talking With Teens About Sexuality (pdf file)

Or visit the Advocates For Youth website for more information.

Please find other content on talking to your teen under the “Parents of Teens” link on the navigation menu, and on the Health Education pages.

Here are some examples of questoins in the “Conversation Starters For Busy Families” sheet:

  • Does your life feel too busy? Why?
  • What is something you would like to do this year?
  • What’s the best or worst thing about being your age?
  • What is the toughest thing about being a kid/grown-up/parent?
  • My dream job/career is…? Why?
  • How do you know you can trust another person?

These are great conversation-starters for people of any age. Pick out a few question to ask the next time you’re in the car with or eating a meal with your teen.

United Action for Youth believes that helping young people to achieve their full potential is the best way to prevent them from engaging in risky behaviors.

United Action for Youth
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 892
Iowa City, Iowa 52244
Fax: 319-337-7999

Main Office and 24 Hour Crisis Line
1700 S First Ave Suite 14

Youth Center
355 Iowa Avenue