Teens need their parents just as much as they did when they were younger, even if they don’t always want to admit it.
Reasons to stay involved:
There are many reasons to stay in close contact with your teenage children:
To keep them safe: Experts advise that teens who have a warm and close relationship with their parents are less likely to engage in risky behaviour involving sex and substance abuse.
To improve self esteem: Teens who have the support of their parents are more likely to have higher self-esteem and increased confidence.
It will show in their grades: A recent international study found that teens who frequently engaged with their parents (through eating meals together, spending time in shared activities) had higher literacy and academic skills.
Because your teenager is interesting: Teens begin to look at the world through their own eyes for the first time, forming their own opinions and judgments. Spend time appreciating how wonderful your teen is.
Parents have influence too: Don’t dwell on the influence of peers in your teen’s life too much – the responsibility is shared. Parents have a vital role to play when it comes to decisions about employment, safety and money.