Things sometimes go askew as children grow into adolescents and teens and are more concerned with how their peers think and perceive them. They're often motivated by a desire to separate from parents, to be seen as different from them, and are attempting to figure out who they are exactly. They can become more secretive, apt to speak in grunts, challenging parents on everything from morals to house rules, etc. Communicating becomes more complex and you can feel like you're walking on eggshells as teen hormones rage and moods swing.
Suddenly though, they're young adults, living at or away from home. Continuing communication is important if you hope to have a relationship going forward. Barbara in Caneyhead wrote about advice-giving a couple of days ago; her points are worth reading. If your child lives in another town or city, there's always the phone, texting, Skype, FaceTime, e-mail, Facebook or other social media, but why not resort to an old-fashioned letter, card or care package to let him know how much you care? Remember also that God gave you two ears and one mouth so you can listen twice as much as you speak.
The last thing you want is for your voice to sound like this to your child's ears:
I should probably note that this is part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge that takes place each April. Join in anytime you like!