Is Your Child Keeping Secrets?
We All Keep Secrets
There are many potential reasons teens would want to keep secrets
- They are embarrassed or afraid
- They want to protect someone
- They want to protect their freedom - being a teen involves experimenting
- They may be hiding things from their selves - trying to forget or ignore about a painful time
Family beliefs or dynamics may lead a teen to keeping certain things to themselves as they feel more comfortable that way. If you want your teen to open up to you, you should make them feel comfortable and let them know they can talk to you about anything they need to, but remember that this does not necessarily mean they will still want to share everything with you.