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7 Topics to Talk About With Teens This Holiday Season (That Don’t Include the “C” Word)

Kristina Dooley November 22, 2022

7 Topics to Talk About With Teens This Holiday Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year...for most of us. For high school seniors anxiously awaiting admission decisions there’s one topic they hope you’ll avoid at the dinner table: College.

We know, we know. It’s hard NOT to ask kids where they’re applying, what they hope to study and if they prefer scarlet and grey to blue and maize. The temptation to inquire if they’ve applied Early Decision and if they’ve scored that elusive interview reserved for just the “very best” applicants to Impressive U is almost too much to bear.

But, here’s the thing: these questions, while seemingly harmless, are the easiest way to get teens to exit stage left before dessert ever hits the table.

So what CAN you talk about with teens during your family gatherings this holiday season? We’ve got just the list for you:

  1. Do Zendaya and Tom Holland really have staying power? 
  2. Snapchat vs TikTok? Or is YouTube now the all-powerful?
  3. What's your favorite Y2K fashion trend that's making a comeback? Cargo pants? Butterfly clips?
  4. Hamilton or Dear Evan HansenWhich one would you rather see on Broadway?
  5. So, the Lord of the Rings prequel The Rings of Power...yay or nay?
  6. What’s a hidden gem you’ve found on Netflix?
  7. Some people paid $11K for a ticket to see Taylor Swift...thoughts?

See? There are so many things you can talk about with teens that don’t come close to that “C” word. If they’re ready to share their next steps with you, it will happen on their own terms. Just sit back, relax and enjoy their presence. Before you know it their wardrobe will be filled with college bookstore swag (to wear with their cargo pants and butterfly clips), making it easy to tell where they’ll be heading next fall. Oh, and if they think that $11K IS too much for T-Swift tickets, pat yourself on the back knowing you've taught them well.

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