2) Don’t despair. Everything about your teen may convey the sense that they don't want to be in this situation. They are probably fidgeting, not looking you in the eye, mumbling, or slouching, and all of these are driving you crazy. Control your emotions, otherwise you are just giving them reason to flee the scene.
3) Move around. Consider doing something while you're talking, such as walking in a quiet park, for example. Especially boys find it difficult to hold their excessive energy for too long, and tend to be more cooperative when in action.
4) Don’t demand too much. And don’t be disappointed when they do not improve right away. Teenagers often take days or even weeks to process a thought or a conversation. Allow time for gradual growth and improvement.
5) Talk about the ordinary. Don’t just call them in when you want something or are angry at something they did. Talk about everyday things like school, basketball practice, just life.
Remember that your children trust you to guide them through the turbulent times they are going through, even if they don't show it. Be a source of positive energy for them, even if you don't feel you are getting an immediate return on this investment. In the future it will pay off, as they'll become the emotionally strong adults you want them to be.