I think the best tip for raising a teenager is being a good listener. So much quickly happens in the lives of teenagers and they really do need a soft place to come, fall, laugh and cry. It is difficult to listen without judgement and with strong opinions at times to what is being said, but in the long run if your child knows that they can count on you to hear them you have maintained and engaged the lines of communication. My goal is to keep my children wanting to talk and share with me. I love it when my son ask me my opinion or just wants another perspective other than his friends.