As a parent, it’s very important to have a bond with your children, especially as they begin to grow up. The teen years can feel very challenging, however, and many families find that they start to drift apart during these years. So what can you do about?
As kids get older, their desire for independence grows and you may feel like they are pulling away from you. However, there are things you can do about this. You can still maintain a strong relationship with your
Here is how to bond with your teenager:
- Give your teen opportunities – You can show your teen you respect him by giving him opportunities. Household chores are one way to do this. Trusting him with tasks you need help with is another. Giving your teens a higher level of involvement shows you consider them responsible.
- Listen well – When your teen talks, listen without interrupting. Give her your full attention and really listen to what she’s saying.
- Recognize his efforts – You should also take time to recognize and acknowledge his efforts. Your teen won’t be perfect at everything all the time. This is all part of growing up. However, it’s important that they try and you can boost their self-confidence and your bond by showing that you recognize those efforts at trying.
With these tips for bonding with your teenager, you can work on things and maintain the close relationship you have with your child even through the teen years.