When telling your children bad news, pick a place where you can be comfortable and when you have plenty of time. Photograph: Thinkstock Images

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Listen to your daughter’s point of view without being defensive. Photograph: Thinkstock

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Having a family meal or evening once a week might help encourage communication with your teenage daughter. Photograph: Getty Images

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Taking time to think and talk through what you are thinking and feeling might help you clarify what you can reasonably hope for from the relationship  and what you might have to accept. Photograph: Getty Images

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