Teenage years are the time when relationships between young adults and their parents become a little bit complex. Parents often notice that connecting to their children is difficult through this period in adolescent’s life. There are ways your action can help overcome this issue. The most important thing is to listen to your child and when needed, be the listener that is not judgmental. Even when their issues are not quite rational, show a lot of empathy.
- Work out, watch movies, or do chores with your teen as a way to bond.
- Ask your teenager to teach you something they learned in school.
- Instead of traditional discipline, talk to and listen to your children about their misbehavior.
“What she wants is for you to listen, and ask a few good questions, so she can sort out how she feels and think about the best solutions. She’ll leave that conversation feeling closer to you.”