If parents develop and maintain a caring, trusting relationship with their small children it is far easier for them to provide the discipline required when they become teenagers. Open communication is absolutely essential in the adolescent years when their peers become more influential than their family. It’s not something you can just start when they reach that stage and expect everything to be fine but it is something that can be more easily maintained if it was present when they were smaller.
So parents, talk to your kids at every age. More importantly, let them talk to you. Listen - to everything. Children test our reactions and how we might respond to certain things by talking about other unrelated issues so be sure you hear them out. If you do this when they are young it won’t seem so foreign to them when they are older and it won’t be so unnatural for you.
Take Away: Parents, talk to your kids at every age. More importantly, let them talk to you. Listen - to everything.