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Found on a UK teen's desk:
"All I want you to do is to talk to me.
I know I'm grumpy sometimes, but I'm not grumpy at you. If I was angry at you, I wouldn't even be sitting there listening to what you have to say, right?
I know I'm not easy to get along with, but I have so many things going on that overwhelm me - I don't have a girlfriend, I don't know what to get Oscar for his birthday because I don't have a job and I don't want to bludge money off you again, my pimples ruined my week because everyone looked good in the class photo, apart from me. Again. I don't hate you, I promise - I just have so much going on, and if I'm not deep in thought about one thing, I'm worrying about another. So I'm sorry if I snap when you ask a question out of the blue.
But please talk to me.
I'm not an alien. You say you were my age once, and you turned out okay. Please talk to me like you talk to each other. I wouldn't know how to start a conversation - I try sometimes, but you're both busy, and I get that. But please talk to me when you can. Don't give up on me yet..."
After this heartbreaking letter, I've decided to come up and share a few easy and quick ways you can stimulate that conversation with a teen even during a busy day!