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Teenager and Parent Relationship Advice

Jun 23, 2023 / Life Stage: Pre-Teens and Teenagers     

Over the years, my wife, Susan has taught me how to maintain a great relationship with each of our children. Here are a few lessons I’ve learned. First, don’t take it personally.  When my daughters became teens, I didn’t understand…“Why doesn’t she want to hold my hand?” “Why would she rather go to the mall than go bike riding with me?” Susan told me, “Don’t take it personally, and don’t try to force anything…give them some space. They’ll come around.” And they did. Second, always speak the truth…no matter what. Consistent truth-telling is key to staying connected relationally. Here are the rest of the ways to Stay Joined at the Hip and Heart with Your Teen.



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