Lincoln, NE-- To some, it might come as a surprise that teenagers want to speak to their parents.
"The reality is, almost none of us can walk through our own pain and fear alone," said Psychologist Dr. Nancy Mize.
Teenagers need to speak out on their feelings, emotions, and thoughts, especially when tough situations or incidents happen at school.
During those times, Mize says that going to a counselor is an option, but parents knows their child best.
"We as professionals are not the experts on other people's children. They're experts, we're experts and you have to put them together to come up with the best plan for intervention," said Mize.
One way to help is to listen and notice behavioral changes.
"It's important that parents listen and notice big changes in behaviors, to notice any kinds of activities at school, if they don't have friends, or seem to have friends who are not the ones you prefer," said Mize.
The best solution is simple.
"Any child who has one person who believes in them and any child who can feel safe at school and function at school...can learn to be a functional, happy adult," said Mize.