Teenagers and Short Answers

You observe your teenager talking a mile-a-minute with friends. Then you think about the typical conversations that you have had with your son or daughter. Instead of a lively back and forth your attempts at conversation tend to collapse into strained monosyllables: Did you have a good day? Sort of.

How was your test? Okay.

Do you have homework? Maybe.

Do you have plans this weekend? Not sure.

Is anything bothering you? No.

Did you clean your room? Not yet.

I thought maybe we could talk later on. Why?

What did you think of the sermon? It was okay.

Why are you so hard to talk to? Aw, mom.

You respond with a well-intended assessment of how things can be better, including appropriate Bible verses. In response your son says, Can I go now?

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