The Disengaged Parent (9-22-2009)

Written by Mark Gregston. Posted in Parenting



In the teen years, the family can all too easily drift apart.

It’s a tempting time of life for parents to unintentionally disengage from their teenager. Parents are at the peak of their careers. The teen has friends and activities to keep them busy, so everyone tends to go their own ways.

But this may be the most important time for parents to stay engaged! Teens need to feel a connection with you, even if they don’t express that need, and even if they act like they can’t stand being around you!

So, make an extra effort to reconnect with your teenager, one-on-one every week for an hour or two away from home. It will be the one thing they remember most fondly about you, their entire life.

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