Healthy relationships, Parenting

Five Ways to Stay Connected to Your Tween or Teen

Despite their increased desire for independence and privacy, tweens and teens need their parents support as much as ever. But how can parents stay connected between all of the eye rolls, closed doors and one word answers?

Connecting with tweens and teens requires a different, softer approach than what worked in the elementary school years. Here are five things to try:

Graphic with list of 5 ways to connect with tweens or teens

For more ideas, here’s a great article by Phyllis L. Fagell, titled “How to Talk to Your Middle Schooler (so they might actually listen to you)” that recently appeared in the Washington Post. Please share other ideas that have worked for your family too!

 

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