​Todd Mitchem kept struggling to have honest, productive conversations with his son. “He’s 15,” Mitchem, 52, said with a laugh. “Teenagers are so difficult to connect with.” Every time he tried to bring up a sensitive issue, his son would give vague answers or run away, preferring to avoid serious talks altogether. In the past when Mitchem needed parenting help, he would read a book or pose a question to the men’s support group he meets with weekly. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New 

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