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As kids reach adolescence and enter the teen years, their bedroom door is closed more often then not. Privacy becomes a priority and one-on-one time for candid, carefree conversations becomes nearly a thing of the past. Add to this the pressures and stress that go along with being a teenager and a parent can end up feeling on the outside of much more than the bedroom door.
Parents, don’t despair! You don’t have to master the art of text messaging to stay in touch with your teen. All you need is a notebook (or journal) and a pencil. Although most journals work like diaries—for the writer's eyes only—a “conversation journal” is meant for two or more writers (and readers). The idea is to share thoughts, feelings, compliments and, on occasion, apologies with one another.