1. Figure out what they like to do and take up a new hobby.
Find out what they like to do, whether its football, video games, outside sports or the artsy realm. Become engaged in the activity and ask their opinion on anything you may have a question on. Especially if it is outside of your personal comfort zone, they will appreciate you caring about what it is they do or are like to do.
2.Ask them about the music they listen to.
This one may be a hard one for most parents, especially if you listen to classical and they listen to metal. However, we all have those moment when we just let loose and clown around. Have your teen teach you the latest dance craze to their favorite song. You would be surprised how much they will eventually open up!
3. Pull out the old movies/pictures.
Teens are always interested in what they looked like as a kid. Sharing memories and stories is always a warm way of keeping connected and talking about progressive growth.
4. Create a certain time during the week that is dedicated to you and them individually.
This is an important one, sometimes there isn't a whole lot that is talked about. That time just being in your presence is what they need the most. Do this enough times and trust they will wait for this time in particular to open up and share.