There’s no such thing as a perfect family. Parents may often think they’re doing what’s best for their child because they love them, but those actions may not always necessarily be healthy. As children grow up and reach their teenage years this is usually when things take a turn for the worst.
Arguments may be frequent, misunderstandings increase, and parents will begin to wonder what happened to the sweet child they used to play with. This is a concern commonly experienced and we want to help be a part of the solution.
In this video we have eight effective ways that can strengthen parent teen relationships.
Number one: hug each other on a daily basis. Psychologist Janet ki Colt Glaser states the older you are the more fragile you are physically, so contact becomes increasingly important for good health. When you enter your teenage years you may be reluctant to hug your parents because it’s no longer considered to be cool. As you learn to be more independent you may keep physical affection to a minimum. However hugging is good for your health, and acts as a natural stress reliever. Approaching adulthood can be scary and challenging. When you hug your parents on a daily basis it can act as a physical reminder that you’re not alone. Physical and emotional support are equally important when you work on fortifying relationships.
Number two: turn off technology devices during interactions. It can be hard to walk away from technology when we are constantly connected by it. You don’t have to live in a cave to save your relationship with your parents, but it doesn’t hurt to put your phone on silent so you don’t feel obligated to respond to every email or text message when you’re interacting with your parents. When you’re in the car with your family it’s also good practice to turn off the music so it gives you an opportunity to talk.
Number three: connect before transitions or large decision making. Making transitions can be challenging, especially in your teenage years. This is the time when your child begins to figure out who they are and what kind of life they want to live. A lot of decision-making takes place, and there are going to be many days when they are uncertain about what direction to take. Don’t hesitate to reach out and let your child know you are there for them. Give them advice and any insights you think will be helpful to them, but don’t tell them directly what to do.