Monday, February 1, 2016

How To Get A Male Teenager To Converse For More Than Ten Minutes

My son is 13, almost 14, and spends most of the time in his room. He's usually on his computer, his PS4, or his WIIU. Sometimes I feel like I never get to see him. So I come up with ways to ensure I'll get a glimpse...and maybe even a conversation.











1. Lure him out with food.


Teenage boys seem to ALWAYS be hungry. You'll watch in awe as he polishes off an entire bag of chips...and then claims he's still hungry. But it's okay, because you get more time with him.



2. Bring him to a place he enjoys.



Tommy has autism, so he loves trampoline places because it gives him the stimulation he craves. He'll bounce and bounce and bounce. He prefers to go when there aren't a lot of people so we take him when it first opens. I bounce with him and have an out-of-breath conversation, because I'm out-of-shape. So I'll say, "How....are.....things........going?" And he'll actually ANSWER me! However, when I bring him to the store, he's sullen and only says things like, "Can we go home now?"


3. Ask him about his Minecraft village.



Subtly say things like, "So, you love all the dogs in the game...do you love anyone at school right now?"


4. Offer him food. I know. I already mentioned this. But it works. I promise.


"Tommy! Donuts!" And then you hear a thunderous noise, because your teenage son has big feet, and he'll appear! Voila!



5. Bond over subjects you agree on. For instance, my son and I agree that a lot of the music of today hurts our ears.





We prefer music like "We Built This City" and "Thriller."



Sometimes all I'll get is a fifteen minute conversation. I have to resist the urge to latch onto his ankle while shrieking, "But remember when I used to be your favorite person?" or,"You don't want to talk to me anymore?" like a frantic jilted girlfriend. But then I remember to be thankful for the moments when he will talk to me....

.....even if I do have to lure him out with food 90% of the time.

76 comments:

  1. Lmao. It's interesting how men never change. The best way to lure Military Husband away from the PS4 is food also.

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  2. I wish we had a trampoline place here. I love to bounce.

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  3. Aw! I'm right there with you. I want to yell, "Remember when I was your favorite person too?" My son loves pop (aka soda for those of you outside the midwest) so I'll sneak a can home and promise it to him. He goes bananas and thinks I'm cool for 5 minutes. I'll take it.

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  4. Girl I feel you. My 15 year old only talks when food or video games are present. It's so odd to go from the center of their world to barely getting 5 second notice.

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  5. Ha. I love it. My boys are not that old yet but they sure do love food already! LOL!

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  6. Hahaha food is always a win!

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  7. Good will lure any male out! Haha. Looks like your son and I would pick the same pace to enjoy a day. TRAMPOLINE GALORE!
    Mine craft is a smart subject together him talking, maybe join in (even if it's totally un-cool for a mom to do). A WIIU? Never heard of that system. Is it similar to the wii?
    As a child care provider, one of my clients has a 5-year-old autistic boy. He's such a doll and I love interacting with and teaching him! Your son is adorable!

    - Harlynn
    mindyourmadness.blogspot.com

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    1. Food* (not good)
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  8. Ok, I love this post because I constantly have to remind myself that one day my two boys won't be latched to me every second.. and won't constantly be like "mom, mommy guess what? Hey Mom. Mom." and I will miss it. Because right now it drives me nuts!!! I am trying hard to enjoy them being little since I know it goes by fast.

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  9. Take him for a car ride. Mine talks in the car with me.

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  10. Good advice! When my son, Adam, was 15 and I started to talk to him, he almost always responded with, "Mom, is this going to be a meaningful conversation. I can't do meaningful right now!"

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  11. I might have to try the food thing with my tween. He likes his room a lot. Though I can also lure him out by telling him that he and I are going to go do something without his brothers. He loves that.

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  12. Hahaha, this is awesome! I employ a lot of these tactics with my son too! Especially, the food. You are right, it always works!

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  13. Hahaha, this is awesome! I employ a lot of these tactics with my son too! Especially, the food. You are right, it always works!

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  14. Okay, food. Got it. My son's not there yet, but I'll file this away for future reference. Thanks!

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  15. Oh so true. Girls are almost as bad, although they tend to like to whine and fight more...so there is a little more peace and quiet with teenage boys, I'm guessing!

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  16. These are GREAT ideas! My son just turned 16 today and we are all super busy all of the time. SO it is so good to take time to stop and make sure we get those conversations in there!

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  17. These are awesome tips! Seems like food is key! :)

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  18. I wonder what causes them to go practically mute when they hit their teens?? HAHA I'm sure I was the same way with my mom at that age! Although instead of food, it would have been shopping!

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  19. Cute kid! Glad you at least have food, trampoulines, and Minecraft. My son was like that too. Now he's 24 and we actually have long conversations on the phone. He'll come back around.

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  20. I've been through this twice! It seemed like they always wanted to talk at night when I was exhausted and ready for bed. My 18 year old is still pretty quiet, but my older son talks my ear off now. Food is definitely the best way to get them out of their room!

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  21. I teach kids Grade 7-9 with Autism. We sometimes play Minecraft together, using a server, and we can type messages to one another within our little village, on the screen. Even though I am sitting in the same room with them, typing a conversation within MineCraft has worked wonders!
    Also, one of the kids LOVES to send me one-sentence emails. We type back and forth several times a day and it always causes him to smile and acknowledge that he got my message. I love sending him photos of animals because he always has a question or comment! Often, I send him a video or two of my parrot with me trying to teach her to say the student's name. He will laugh and laugh and watch it repeatedly and ask me a million questions! ...Cheryl

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  22. Oh the Minecraft village! I just blink and nod as mine goes on and on and on... Gotta love our teenage boys :)

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  23. How cute is this?? Great post! Forwarding to my sister to read...she's a mom to a teenage boy!

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  24. How cute is this?? Great post! Forwarding to my sister to read...she's a mom to a teenage boy!

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  25. You can lure me with food too. :) This was a fun post, thanks for sharing with us.
    XOXO

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  26. This was such a thoughtful post. I love how important food is to getting teenage boys to talk. I believe you 100%--it totally works. I love how intentional you are with your bonding time. To take him to places he enjoys and bring up things he's interested just goes to show how important it for you and him to bond together. That's definitely a trait of great parenting. Thanks so much for sharing this on #SHINEbloghop. Have a great weekend :)

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  27. A great article I love it !! Its so true, when my son was this age I would try anything for him to interact with us. Now he is 22 and he is an amazing adult. P>S> Food always gets them. :)

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  28. What an amusing post! So realistic, yet optimistic. Looks like you and your son have a great relationship - even if you go through growing pains sometimes.

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  29. I think you could lure me into a conversation with food too.

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  30. I know someone who would love to try these tactics out on their teenager.

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  31. I'm a couple of years away from the teenage years, and I will definitely try these ideas. I' a fan of our trampoline parks, so I hope my boys will agree, too!

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  32. Food and car drive these are the two best things which helps me a lot for good conversation with my son. You have share good ideas that are worth trying.

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  33. I think we are all this way in many ways nowadays. Everybody with a phone or tablet in their hands while in the same room watching television or eating dinner. Nobody hardly communicates anymore. It's sad.

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  34. My son isn't quite a teen but I am already struggling with this. Will apply all of these to real life!

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  35. It is very true that teenagers are glued to video systems. I don't like them, but know that most will have them. I do find it humourous that food is a lure. I have seen that before as well.

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  36. Lol! I don't have kids yet but my brothers are teenagers and I know my mom struggles in this area sometimes. These tips are certainly helpful and I will pass it along to my mom!

    KatrinaJeanCarter.wordpress.com

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  37. HAHA food is way to a young mans heart! It lures them in love that part! I agree show them you are interested in the things they are interested in. Its a way of showing them you care about all the details of their lives even if seems boring or silly to you its huge for them.

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  38. Excellent advice. It just takes some trial and error to really get them talking.

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  39. Hahahahaha. It is so difficult, trust me, I know. Food is always a great idea for everything.

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  40. Mine likes it when we do things together. Preparing food together and yes I've to agree with you that food works every time!

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  41. Oh gosh I am not looking forward to when my children get older! I am sure they are going to be locked in their room all the time!

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  42. Omg great tips!!! I remember when my brother was this age!!! I will never understand why boys are like this. Girls are the total opposite lol

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  43. This was pretty funny! Also, the part about today's music is mostly a misconception. There's TONS of great music being released recently, but you sadly won't hear it in the radio. I recommend you do some research!

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  44. Getting a Male teenager to converse for a longer period other than in monosyllables is a herculean task. The only way his mouth will open is with food. The trick is to interact with him like a friend rather than as a Parent.

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  45. Thank you for your great tips! I can't say much but I honestly admire you work as a great Mom��

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  46. Funny and accurate! I love reading your humorous posts. Reminds me of the late, grate Erma Bombeck.

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  47. This is hilarious, but very true. I will try these out when my son is a teenager.

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  48. What agood post, I can't wait to my son to become a teenager.

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  49. food is the way to a their heart lol

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  50. Aw, you son is adorable. I love those trampoline places! We had one in San Jose called Sky High and my students LOVED it so much we actually had a family night there. Such a good workout!

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  51. Hahaha this post is awesome. It's near impossible to get them to talk! My brother and boyfriend's brothers are the same. Food ALWAYS works!

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  52. Truth post! This is hilarious, teens is known as a food lover lol so it will work any time haha.

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  53. This is too cute :) I have a 16 year old nephew and he's definitely a man of few words! ;) -Erin at www.stayathomeyogi.com

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  54. Did you know this works on tween girls too?? I think food is the big one, she is always up in her room reading a book.

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  55. The Minecraft one is totally true. My nephews are always willing to talk about their Minecraft village.

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  56. Offering food is a good tip! My son is 17 and feels like he can pretty much talk to me about anything. We both love video games and movies so we talk a lot about those 2 things. What has worked the best is I just listen. No matter what he is talking about I listen and I make time to do that.

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  57. The only thing that got my brother out of his room to actually talk to you was food and food he loves. It worked for many years and one might say it still does in his adult state

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  58. These are great tips for getting your teenager to chat more. These are also great ways to bond with your teen and create lasting memories.

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  59. Haha good one with the food. Honestly female teenagers are exactly the same.

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  60. FOOD !!! I am sure that'll work :] Great ideas

    — DT | Here I Scribble

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  61. That's fun that you enjoy the same type of music. And I always find putting them in the car, up front with me, works wonders to get the conversation going. :)

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  62. The teenager I babysit is the same way. We come home after school and he disappears until dinner or sports practice. I usually check to make sure he's alive, but other than that let him have his space. I know he's at the age where he thinks he's grown and everything involving me or his parents is uncool.

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  63. Haha, this reminds me of my brother, he'll either appear when there's food, or talk to me when I bug him on Skype while he's playing World of Tanks (or something like that)

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  64. Such an interesting topic where we are in a tech dominated world with our kids being so much obsessed with tech gadgets all the time. These are some great ideas which could work out and bring lots of fun too!

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  65. Thanks for these tips. I'l try them out of my nephew who is also a young man of few words.

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  66. Oh boy! I'm not looking forward to the teenage years lol Hopefully my son stays like the chatter box that he is now.

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  67. these are great tips on how to talk with the teenagers. I totally agree with number 1 most especially.My mom made me to talk while during dining moments :)

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  68. You must have met my son, lol. He is a man of very few words right now. It's like pulling teeth, getting him to talk!

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  69. Food always works or the games that they play! These are all awesome ideas! It's tough to get them to sit down and talk.

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  70. ha ha the food works every time or switching off the wifi has a great effect too

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  71. I remember being in this stage. My mom would often bribe me with a movie date and I would gladly oblige. But when it comes to teen boys, she had to try harder with my brother. They rarely open up!

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