What I wish you knew... from teens.

What I Wish You Knew® is about communication. Teens have a lot on their minds and many wish for better relationships with their parents, other adults and each other. Some kids would like to share problems; some their hopes for the future. Many have advice for others and all want to be heard. This site was created with the simple goal of fostering better and easier communication with teens by encouraging more frequent "little" talks so that there might be less need for the "big" ones.

The idea for was born from a personal experience. Founder Sharon Weingarten writes, "Many years ago when one of my own children was in college at the University of Queensland my husband and I experienced every parent’s nightmare. We received a call telling us that our daughter had been seriously injured in an accident. I was on the next flight to Australia. Fortunately, the injury was not life-threatening, but it did require a prolonged period of bed rest and recuperation. Because the doctors advised against her taking the twenty hour flight back home right away, the plan was that after her release from the hospital she would return to the University, where she would rest and have physical therapy while she recuperated. I would stay in one of the empty rooms in her dormitory until she was able to travel.

During that time I had the opportunity to experience something that most mothers don't.  For over a month, knowing that my husband was at home taking care of our other two children, I was undistracted by normal demands of home, family, work and other responsibilities. I was living in a girl's dorm on the other side of the world and I had the luxury of not having to multi-task, of really being able to live in the moment, to be there for my child and to think. I also had the opportunity to get to know many students.

The kids were kind and helpful and curious and forthright too.  After a while, I stopped being a strange phenomenon and they began to accept me.  They told me about their "mums" and about other things too. They asked questions and talked about their lives and gave me some advice to pass on to other parents. One of the things they told me about was a friend who took her own life earlier that year. They told me about her parents who said, 'If only we had known what she was going through…' and 'If only she had confided in us…' A lot of what the kids shared was their desire to be able to talk more easily with their own parents.

Probably because I was not their own mother and because there was a degree of anonymity in talking with me around, they did so easily. I was just like a fly on the wall. Being respectful of what they had to say and of their privacy, I created What I Wish You Knew for them and for teens around the world who want to express their thoughts and stories and ideas and opinions."

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