Uncle of a teen who wants to help his nephew communicate with his dad

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Registered: 01-02-2014
Uncle of a teen who wants to help his nephew communicate with his dad
Thu, 01-02-2014 - 8:44pm

Hi,

Recently my brother asked if I could come talk to my nephew because his grades have been dropping in school.  Some background info on my brother:

1. Single working dad

2. He works the graveyard shift and goes to school in the day time so its hard for him to find time to talk to his son.

3. I can't say for sure but I'm sure having this schedule makes him stressed out and irritable at times.

After talking to my nephew, I found out that he needs to get tutoring and help with staying organized.  I asked him why didn't he come to his dad when his grades started dropping and he said he doesn't know (I suspect maybe because he's afraid of how his dad will react to the bad news).  While I'm always happy to help my brother, I feel like there should be an easier or at least more effective way for my nephew and his dad to communicate.  I don't have any kids yet so I don't know what its like to be a parent of a teen but I do feel like there's a communication barrier between teens and their parents.

What tools have you guys used to help with communication?  Are there any external tools or applications that would help? 

Thank you!!!