YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR PARENTS AND FAMILY IS CHANGING, EVOLVING
You’re becoming more independent.
This doesn’t mean you have to separate from your parents and adult caregivers, though.
That’s a myth.
Being connected to your family and culture is about as basic as it gets.
News stations too often portray teens as rebellious, rude, delinquent, and alienated from their families. Why? Because stories about conflict sell best Don’t fall for the teen stereotype (oversimplified image). It’s not real; don’t let it get you down. Kids your age are full of ideas, energy, and imagination.
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You are appreciated.
Look to your parents for support and advice.
Separating isn’t the issue; understanding and defining your changing roles is.
There’s a wide range of parenting styles. Honor and value your own family’s approach to parenting as you negotiate change in your relationship.
Make time for your parents, siblings, and grandparents. Maintaining strong family ties that span generations gives a powerful message to the world: You are loved and cared about.
BUT CAN THEY MAKE TIME FOR YOU?
Parents can get into quite the frenzy as they attempt to juggle a wide range of commitments and responsibilities.
So you may need to actually schedule a time when you can get your parent’s undivided attention so you can discuss your concerns, viewpointor whatever.
No, it’s not always a bed of roses. And yes, conflicts do come up in all family relationships.
YOU CAN WORK IT OUT
Human emotional and intellectual development is a lifelong process. Your parents are continuing to develop emotionally and intellectually. They’re growing with you and sometimes find themselves in uncharted territory.