Talking to Your Teen

Katie Couric
Global Anchor
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"The snapshot of your teenager at any given moment is not the epic movie of his or her life."

That's advice from this week's guest, parenting expert Wendy Mogel.  In her book "The Blessings of a B Minus" she tackles one of the toughest terrains on the planet…the teen mind.

Those of us raising teenagers know what a minefield it can be, and how at times our kids act like they don't even want to be in the same zip code with us.  But there are ways to see eye to eye even when they don't want to look at you, as Dr. Mogel explains.

Kids today can be as busy as their parents, saddled with hours and hours of homework, extracurricular activities and the stress of college applications.

What do they need most from us, and what do they want us to know about their lives?

Dr. Mogel and I posed those questions to a group of high school students at New York's Friends Seminary, and I think you'll find their answers fascinating.