Bonding with Your Teenager

Bonding with Your Teenager

Francisco Guzman, LMSW, Case worker at LBU Community Clinic

We were all teenagers (a long time ago).  If we look back to our teenage years, we realize we were on a journey to find our identity as emerging adults while trying to make it to class, choose the right outfit for prom, and understand the meaning of 2(4-y)-3(y+3) = -11 (the answer is y=2, by the way).  As teenagers, we may have felt our parents didn’t understand what was going on in our lives.  As parents of teenagers living in the 2020s, we must deal with many factors that play a role in our children’s lives (social media, cyberbullying, cell phones).


Establish trust & listen

Reinforcement positive behaviors & decision making

Work through conflicts by talking with your teen, not at them

Show interest

Share your life experiences

Family traditions



If you feel one of your kids may be struggling with behavior or feelings, please make an appointment at LBU by calling (214) 540-0300.