10 From GEM:
10 Tips To Bond With Your Teenager
I don’t have teenagers yet, but my friends who are in the middle of the minefield called parenting teens always tell me several things about it. First, they encourage me to enjoy my children because it all goes so fast. Then, they tell me that when they look at pictures of that sweet boy in a bunny costume or that precious baby girl sleeping on her daddy’s chest, they can’t believe it’s the same person as the 16-year-old who won’t clean his room or the 14-year-old who speaks in monosyllables to her parents, but talks nonstop to her friends.
Parenting teenagers has its rewards, too, so I asked my friends to share with GEM readers what they do to bond with and build positive relationships with their teenagers. They said there’s a lot of work on the part of the parent and that it isn’t always easy, but that it’s completely worth it when they experience beautiful moments with their teens. Here are 10 ideas you can try to bond with your teenager as explained by the parents. Names have been changed and comments edited for length and clarity.
1. BITE YOUR TONGUE