The teenager phase in your kid’s life is tough for them and also you. You may find them keeping a distance from you and also not sharing all the details of their life. At a young age, the same kid would have related all the details of his school day and also about his friends. Then you may suddenly see your kid growing up and trying to sound adult. This can make you feel depressed about the child growing up. You are not alone in this feeling. Many parents have come across this phase and many are going through it as you are now. So what can you do to stay close with your kids as they grow older? Here you can find some essential tips to stay close with teens.
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1. Respect your kid’s views and opinions
You have to accept the fact that your child is growing up. So they may have some opinions and views on various subjects. Eventhough you do not have to say yes to all your kids’ views you can show that you respect it. Be ready to listen if they want to talk about something. Moreover, they will be close to you if you respect their privacy. Then if they have any problems they will come to you.
2. Do not be overly critical
It is alright to criticise your kids if you want them to improve. However, it is not right to criticise them for everything. You have to understand that they are still growing up so they can make mistakes. Therefore try not to criticize them if they are not good at studies or other activities. Try to help them develop instead.
3. Create traditions together
If there is a tradition in the family you and your kid can follow it together. For instance, you can celebrate some special occasions with your kid. You both can cook some special recipes once a week. Or your family can have a special place you can visit from time to time. These simple things can become a tradition. This will make your kid feel loved and honoured to be part of the family.
4. Become friends with your children’s partner
If your child has met someone and is dating them then try to befriend them. This will help you to become acquainted with them and your child will feel happy. Take pains to know them because they may become a member of your family. Do not judge at first glance. Be friendly with people your children like.
5. Do not give unsolicited advise
Your children do not need your advice on everything happening in their life. So give them advice only when they really need it. Otherwise, they may get annoyed with your sermons. This will only make your relationship with them cold as they get older. Therefore try to be friendly with your children. If they are not able to solve a problem on their own help them without breaking their confidence. Do not be condescending when doing it because it can make your children feel that they cannot do anything right.
These are the tips you can follow daily to stay close with your kid. Your relationship with them will be smooth and strong if you try to adapt to the new chapter in your kid’s life.
Also read: How To Help Your Depressed Teenager?