The teenage years can be some of the most difficult that an individual can experience. Not only is it difficult for the person that is going through these years themselves, it can also be difficult on the parent of a teenage child. Many people that were close to their child all throughout their lifetime suddenly find themselves in a position where they and their teenager are growing apart in many different ways. If you want to have a close bond between you and your teen, here is how to create one. It may take a little bit of work to get things going and to maintain, but it will be well worth it in the end.
One thing that both you and your teenager need to understand is that the generation gap does not really exist. Many of the things that your teenager is experiencing are the same things that you experienced whenever you were their age. Although some of the details and faces may have changed during that time, we all have the same anxieties that we experience whenever we are entering into adulthood through the eyes of a teenager. If both of you realize that you’re not so different, it will make the entire process of securing a close bond with your child much easier.
Communication during this time is very vital and hopefully, you have been building a relationship based on communication with your child, even before they entered their teenage years. Even if you haven’t done this, however, it is still possible to get to know your teenager and to communicate with them effectively. Don’t try to be too much like them as far as how you speak and act, allow them to have their individuality in this regard. By talking with them on both serious and everyday matters, however, you will be building a relationship with them that you will be able to rely on throughout their lifetime.
One final thing that you can do is to allow them to develop as individuals. Don’t try to mold them into your idea of what the perfect teenager should be. That doesn’t mean, however, that they should be totally without guidelines but as long as they maintain their position in the family arrangement, they should be able to express themselves as the individuals that they are. If you allow them to do this, you will be gaining their respect to a certain degree and helping to forge a bond between the two of you as well.