“All relationships take work, but your communications with your teenager can be lifesaving.
There’s an old but persistent fallacy about parents always maintaining the upper hand, but creating happy, loving, open relationships with our children holds far more power than any form of discipline. Teenagers who are armed with solid values and loved as individuals will thrive even in the harshest climates.”
I would argue these tips could be used with your child at any age and even with your significant other!
I also came across this article and thought it was worth reading - OMG! Your teen actually talks to you?
And always remember "I" Statements -
An “I” message or “I” statement is a style of communication that focuses on the feelings or beliefs rather than the thoughts and behaviors of the other person. For example, a parent may say “I feel really worried and scared when you consistently come home late without calling” instead of demanding, “Why are you never home on time?” or "You are always late." Avoid "You" statements!