The transition into being a teenager can be equally problematic and hard on both parents and teens. It’s not exceptional for teenagers to feel displaced, depressed, irritable and/or anxious. This is also a time where communication between parents and teens often breaks down. Middle school and high school can be a tough place, and often times, teens find that it affects their confidence and self-esteem. Often times, the actuality of a situation is that most teens do not want to talk to their parents about their personal lives. As a father, I understand this as well as anyone.