A college student calls home to a parent saying, Maybe I should take a semester off… do some traveling or whatever. The parent is mortified but tries to remain supportive. Because they are speaking on the telephone, you can’t rely on gestures and eye contact to convey their feelings. Nor are the speakers able to read each other’s body language. You’ll need to come up with other ways to convey the full meaning of everything they say.
This is an opportunity to write dialogue that’s clear and direct, letting the words themselves carry the speaker’s emotions. Both the parent and the child might be full of hesitancy, fear, apprehension, and other mixed motives. But let them speak up, so each person makes their position known.