Ty Wilson Law September 2019

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Fall officially starts this month! Cooler weather is something I always look forward to. Kids are now back in the swing of returning to school. Leaves are changing colors. It’s a great time of year. Oh! Did I forget to mention that football season has started along with all the excitement that brings? Recently, I have been taken aback at all the fighting I see in the world. Granted, I am an attorney, and we pretty much deal with fighting every day, but what I am referring to is the fighting in politics. We are again coming up on another presidential election. Without getting political, please note our political system only works if everyone votes. Both parties are motivated to change our country for their version of what is better. Just remember that without your participation you really should not complain about the outcome. Our world is changing rapidly, and some of it is for the better; some of it, well, we will have to see. Time will tell. At least put in your say where it goes.


If you’re the parent of a teenager, you’ve likely had one particular conversation a million times. It goes something like this:

You: “So, how was school today?” Teen: “Fine.”

That’s it — that’s the whole conversation. It’s a cliché dialogue played out to exhaustion on TV and in movies, but that doesn’t make it any less accurate. And now that school has started back up again, you and your teen probably have it at least once per week. While the curt reply seems inevitable, it seems worse not to ask and risk missing something important in your child’s life. Also, you don’t want to seem disinterested; all you really want is to make their adolescent years as smooth as possible. So, is there a better way to communicate? According to the experts, yes. Here are a few tactics teachers and psychologists recommend trying to get teens to open up about school and tough issues like friendships, grades, and bullying.

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The first mistake is the immediacy of the standard conversation. If you want your teen to talk, don’t ambush them when they come through the door. Instead, wait for a comfortable, casual setting when you’re both relaxed. Don’t make the conversation feel

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