If you’ve ever felt like your daughter started speaking an alien language after she hit puberty, this guide is for you. Making sure you and your tween (or teen) are on the same page seems like a herculean task at first, but as long as you show her that you understand her and are still there for her, you’ll be able to break the language barrier!

Need some help getting started? Scroll through the gallery below for a quick primer on four common situations!

(First published as "Understanding Tweenspeak" in Good Housekeeping Philippines, Family section in June 2006; adapted for use in Female Network; screencaps from Freaky Friday courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures)

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