How do I get my 14 year old to spend more time with the family?

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

4 Comments

View replies by

Angie - posted on 02/15/2009

2,621

0

406

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

58

8

7

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!

Michelle - posted on 01/24/2009

6

4

1

we are getting close to that point I am hoping to make other areas of the house more fun to be in than being in  his room . serious considering taking away cable in that room lol myDH would  just freak out with out ESPN

Sandra - posted on 01/24/2009

2

0

1

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.

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms