Talking to parents and adults

Communicating with adults can be challenging. When talking to your parents, guardians, or other adults in your life, it's easy to feel frustrated and misunderstood. Here are some strategies to help guide conversations with the adults in your life!

Taking the time to process your emotions
Using "I" Statements
Taking space for yourself
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Sometimes you are caught in a bad situation that is not your fault. It’s okay to accept that you can’t change

it all by yourself.  

If you are worried home isn’t safe anymore, please talk to your doctor or a trusted adult (like a school counselor or teacher).

 

You can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or you can chat online here

Talking about sex

It’s normal to have lots of questions about your body or about sex or relationships. Trusted adults who love you, like parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, are a good place to start finding answers. Studies have shown that teens who talk to their guardians about all subjects tend to have healthier sex lives and better moods. However, sometimes it can feel awkward to start the conversation yourself. 

Sometimes, a parent might not be the best person to talk to if you are afraid that they won't listen, or will react badly. Try to identify another trusted adult you can talk to: an older sibling, aunt/uncle, grandparent, or teacher. 

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For more strategies and advice on coming out to your parents, visit the LGBTQIA+ Health page.

Talking about mental health

Your mental health is just as important to monitor and take care of as your physical health. Starting conversations with adults about mental health can be challenging, but is often an important step in getting the care you need to be healthy. Here are some questions that might come up as you have conversations with your parents or another adult in your life. 

What if they ask questions I don’t want to answer? 

What if they judge me or get upset with me? 

What should I do if I don’t feel safe talking to my parents?