my sister's son is 13 and is already very aloof. he rarely speaks at home but is very involved with his friends. how can we make him more interactive at home?

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this is that age when children will barely communicate at home and almost always be on their own. a good way to encourage your teen to participate more could be to ask him generally about his day and make meal times a family affair, where everyone sits together and shares about their day. while my kid isn't a teen yet, she is already nearing her teens and we can see the changes. we try to have a lot of talks at the dining table and make sure there are no gadgets or books at the table.

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