How do you keep close relationship with teens?

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Rebecca - posted on 05/03/2009

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I think it's also improtant not to be judgemental about what they say/feel... If we want to know what's going on, we cannot take offense when it hurts our feelings, or if it isn't what we want/expect...

Michelle - posted on 04/30/2009

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Hi Dawn,

I have a son that will be 20 this summer and a 14 year old daughter. I am very close with both of my children. It can be so difficult at times, especially with girls. For some reason mothers and daughters seem to butt heads more, from my experience. I agree with Diana, being honest and open with them is the best. Since they are closer to being adults than being a child, I believe that they want to relate to us on that level. True they are still children and everything discussed has to be age appropriate but I think they respect us more when they know that we understand and respect them. I've always wanted my children to be able come to me with any problem or question they may have. Sometimes the questions they have or problems they are facing in today's world can seem overwhelming but I'm as open and honest as I can be. And above all else, unconditional love is the one key to keeping the bond close. I hope my rambling message was of some help. Good luck.

Diana - posted on 04/30/2009

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Quoting Dawn:

How do you keep close relationship with teens?  Keep answering questions to the point when your son/daughter askes one, answer it honest never hiding anything.  I have been open and honest with my daughter when she came to me about sex, guns, violence in schools.  We have our ups and downs but I have had a very close relationship with my daughter and still do.  Good luck and god bless



 

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