Teenagers have a reputation for not communicating anything to their parents. The truth is they are communicating constantly to their parents, just not always with words. Every decision they make has some bearing on how they feel towards their parents. Actions, especially with teenagers, speak louder then words. As a parent of teenagers, pay close attention and never stop listening.
Listening to what appears trivial and passing to you may mean the world to your teen. The power struggles amid high school hallways are all the drama they may know about. Discounting their feelings or experiences as inconsequential because they are young will only discourage them from talking to you.
Pay attention to their lifestyle choices. A teenager who suddenly changes clothing styles or friendship circles may be dealing with inner issues beyond makeup and music. Do not approach them with judgment over an outfit; instead ask them about recent experiences or friendships. Open communication begins with attentive listening. Never assume anything with teens, allow them to explain their decisions before gently guiding them towards better ones.