Get creative when coming up with conversation starters! If you're a "preacher," and you notice that preaching isn't really super effective, abandon, abort, throw it away! Try something creative as a way to open up communication with your teen. I created a quick and pretty direct powtoon (below) as a way to introduce topics with a group of teens. Sure they laughed at me and my "tragic" video lol...one teen decided to "narrate" the entire presentation and the monotone voice she used was certainly not the one in my head as I was making the video. But the point is, she read it! They all listened, and the dialogue that followed was important, thought provoking, and likely influential. Don't be afraid to get creative in your approach to communicating with your adolescent/loved one.