How do I get my 14 year old to spend more time with the family?
Angie - posted on 02/15/2009
The best way I've figured out to do that is to make my house inviting to my childrens' friends. Nothing like a big pan of hot brownies to make a kid want to be at our house! It's so difficult on moms to watch our children grow away from us but as one of my friends reminded me last night, that's what we want for them.........
Jaimie - posted on 02/15/2009
I think that we all want our teenagers to spend more time with the family. Is your teenager spending time with friends or just hanging out alone? Are the friends appropriate? If they are spending time with appropriate friends, it sounds like you have a normal teenager. It is good that they want to be with their peers, the family is a support network, somewhere to be who they are, a place to get fed. Friends are the ones they have much in common with. Don't worry if your teen is a good kid with good values, they will be fine...a normal well rounded teen becomes a normal well rounded adult, you've done the job you set out to do years ago. Congrats!
Sandra - posted on 01/24/2009
Maybe get the 14 year old involved in the "what should we do today" or bring a friend. Or do something just you and the 14 year old together. I had a couple of teenage step daughters and of course, they always enjoyed shopping or going to the movies. Bowling can be fun depending on the child.
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