The teen years are a special time. We watch our children, so recently young and innocent, begin to mature into independent adults. But the journey is not always a smooth one as both teenager and parents explore and grapple with the changing balance of independence and dependence and their evolving relational roles. Tensions and conflicts do arise. Sometimes the relationship can hit rocky shoals or lose its compass. This can be frightening or painful to everyone involved. If you see that beginning, or if you're in the midst of a deteriorating situation, mediation can help to reestablish a relationship of mutual respect and accountability and more successful communication.
I have always been impressed, in mediating troubled parent/teen relationships, how the essential desires in a parent/child relationship -- to love and be loved, to respect and be respected, to appreciate and be appreciated, to be successful parents and successful young adults -- provide the foundation for mending the injured or not-well-functioning relationship when given the chance that the mediation context provides.