As my teenager stormed off to her bedroom I had a choice to make. 1. I could chalk it up to “normal” teenager behavior, or 2. I could compose myself and follow her. Well I personally don’t enjoy the “normal” teenager attitude so I followed her to her bedroom, took a seat on her bed and asked her what she was feeling, the reply I got was “I don’t know”. Well that is not an answer to me so I told her I would sit with her until she could tell me what she was feeling; mad, sad, angry, hurt. I know this takes work as a parent, the thing is if we as parents can help our children express their feelings; we open up communication in the small things and that makes it easier for them to talk about the big things with us. I use this system with each one of my kids, letting them know their feelings are real and o.k. to feel and talk about. I believe if we connect emotionally with our kids we will have stronger relationships with them.