How to Stay Connected with your Teens

Adolescence can be a tumultuous time for both you and your teenager. The sweet young child you were used to is turning into an adult and the transition can sometimes be difficult. Although every parent wishes for their child to find independence as they grow, it’s extremely important to stay connected with your turn during this difficult time.

The connection and bond you build with your teenager will improve your overall relationship and makes a path for the relationship you will have with them as they grow into adulthood. Cultivation a meaningful connection with your teen can be a time consuming and financially straining process, but the rewards for all your hard work will be worth any price you could possibly pay.

Get tech savvy

With the advancements in technology, teenagers have accessibility to a variety of different electronic and social media devices. Parents who are not tech savvy can fall out of connection with their teens because of the lack of comprehension of this type of technology.

Nowadays, many teens use less minutes on their cell phones because of texting, instant chat and web via their mobile devices. A great tip for parents to stay connected with their teens is to learn become comfortable with texting and instant messaging.

Facebook is a great way to stay connected with your teen because it will allow you to view their publicized conversations with their friends on their facebook wall, photos and likes. Creating a facebook page and friending your teen will give you deeper insight into what’s really going on in their lives.

Bring them along on errands

To encourage conversation, it’s important to allow for an increase in opportunities to talk. Conversation should not be limited to greetings to and from school and work. Bringing them along on errands is a great way to force more times to talk with one another. You will be surprised how much can be accomplished by increased time together, even if it’s just at the grocery store or in the car.

Sometimes teens are reluctant to come along with parents during menial tasks, especially if the goal is to simply spend time with the parent. Entice them to come along by telling them you need them to pick out some favorite snack foods at the grocery store, some special highlighters at the office store, or whatever little thing that will make them want to go along.

Create a quiet environment during car rides by initializing a “music free zone.” Keep the car radio off and don’t allow them to use their iPod. This will further facilitate an environment that will allow for more conversation.

Together time

Family vacations are a great way to stay connected with your teen. As they grow, the types of family vacations you take will greatly diversify. You no longer have to take them to Disney World in order to have a good time. Teenagers likes will vary for each individual, but picking a great destination with sun and outdoor fun is a great way to bring the family together.

Family vacations can be extremely expensive and many families cannot afford to go on trips frequently if at all. However, together time doesn’t have to be a lavish trip in order to gain that connection with your teen.

A great way to connect with your teen is by getting together for things they will have fun doing. This will have them looking forward to your little planned outings and create a stronger bond between you. Whether it’s a weekend fishing trip, a day shopping or a night out at the movies, together time comes in all shapes and sizes.

The most important thing to remember about connecting with your teen is that it is a process. Connection is not an instantaneous bond that can be created with one weekend. Also, the connection must be maintained because if it is not properly cultivated it can fade away.

With teens struggling through a variety of difficult issues during their adolescence it’s more important than ever for parent interaction and involvement in their lives. This can help parents detect early signs of difficulty coping, whether it’s struggling in learning or emotional distress in their personal relationships. Connecting with your teen can help them through this difficult transitioning time and can help to strengthen your bond with them for the future.