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We all know that as children get older it can become increasingly difficult to know what is going on in their lives and harder to stay close to them. Spending some quality time with teens might mean you have to make an appointment in their very busy social diaries, but there are ways around this.
So what can you do as a parent to try and make sure that you stay close to your teen as they venture out in the big wide world? It might mean that you have to be a little bit creative, or perhaps even push your own boundaries.
In an ideal world it would be nice for families to sit down together on a regular basis and talk and find out what everyone’s been up to. A family meal is a wonderful opportunity to do this but we know that this isn’t always possible for every family , especially when you have teens who have busy social lives. Check out our top tips for finding time with your teen and see if you can integrate any of these into your family life.
It’s easy for parents to feel “redundant” when parenting teens, but it’s important to remember that they still need you – just in a different way. Teens still need boundaries and you are entitled to have house rules and compromise can work wonders when trying to negotiate with them. Reflect back on your own teenage years from time to time to remind them that you were also a teenager once and may have been through similar experiences. Ensure they know your door is always open if anything is troubling them.
If you are concerned about mobile phone safety or would like advice on issues around this. Please see our article on giving your child a mobile phone.