On parenting teens and the value of simply being there

“With younger children, we have plenty of opportunities to put our parenting muscles to work. We can read stories together, make up knock-knock jokes, build towers, or go to the museum. Our youngsters still like to join us for a trip to a grocery store and they usually come to us first with their questions or problems. But with teenagers, it’s not always easy to know how to connect. By their nature, adolescents aren’t always on board with our plans for making the most of family time and they aren’t always in the mood to chat. Happily, the quality parenting of a teenager may sometimes take the form of blending into the background like a potted plant.” https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/14/well/family/what-do-teenagers-want-potted-plant-parents.html

  • Grandma
    May 11, 2018

    My grandsons need to spend some time with me