Nurturing Parent-Teen Relationships

One of the first casualties of adolescence is the friction that can arise when a teen begins to assert independence while reacting emotionally to attempts to control the teen’s behavior. This video was produced to make some important points about forming and growing relationships, so it also applies to parent-teen relationships.

The key is to respect that while a close bond may exist during early childhood, you’ll have work to do to maintain a close, loving relationship during adolescence. You can’t just assume that a great relationship with your teenager will happen on its own just because he or she is your child and you live under the same roof. Like any relationship, the intimacy is either growing or eroding. If you want it to grow, you’ll need to consciously invest time and effort to communicate well and be a part of the child’s life.

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Valarie N. Springer April 6, 2012 at 8:35 am

Interesting content.

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Gloria March 14, 2014 at 10:43 pm

im currently prannegt and i know that its going to be hard to rais my son but its wonderful to know that im going to see my baby every morning when i wake up or when i fall asleep. i cant wait to have my baby in my baby uin my arms its going to be so wonderful. i have all the support of my family. i thank my mom for actually suppoting me and not getting mad at me when i told her i was prannegt. i thank god for giving the apporturnity to be a teen mom.

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Alyssa Charles April 12, 2012 at 10:28 am

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Quiteria Guardado Baeza April 22, 2012 at 4:23 am

Surely a perfect piece of writing! We’ve book marked it and sent it out to all of my friends since I know they’ll be intrigued, thank you very much!

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Katherine Gordy Levine May 4, 2012 at 2:51 pm

I am licensed therapist. More to the point, starting in 1974, my husband and I became Special Need foster parents. We wanted to be home to raise our birth sons. For 12 years we cared for an every changing group of teens, all in trouble with the law, some stayed a few days, some a month or more.

Eventually, I wrote two books, When Good Kids Do Bad Things and Parents Are People Two. WGDDBT is soon to be published electronically.

In updating that book, I was struck by how much more we know about the brain and about what makes us all who we are than when I was parenting. Sadly too many are stilled mired in trying to make kids happy instead of competent particularly emotionally and socially.

I also wanted to weep because the corporate world has increased the difficulties of parenting while the parent advice world continues to blame parents for what they cannot control. Thank you for your efforts to present a more balanced view.

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