Teenagers need privacy, but how much is too much? It is our job as parents to know what our children are doing and make sure that they are not getting into trouble. It is hard to find the right balance between respecting their privacy and making sure our teens are making good decision for themselves.
It is important to respect your teen’s privacy and yet maintain your positive influence on their decisions without being overbearing. That is a tall order to fill. It is vital that you have open communication and that your teen knows that no matter what they are facing they can come to you and discuss things. It takes a lot of effort and consistency to establish this kind of relationship with your child and it will not be accomplished over night.
It is also important to realize that just as your relationship has changed in other phases of their growth and development, the same will be true as they enter their teenage years and become young adults. One thing that I have always tried to do with my kids as they grow and change is to embrace the next phase in their lives with them. I want them to know how much they are loved and cherished for who they are and everything they can become.
Everyone has good days and bad days. Parents cannot expect that their children and teens will be an exception to this rule. I always try to keep the big picture in mind. I take the good with the bad and realize how little time we really have with our children. As parents we need to do the very best we can do and cherish the ever-revolving relationships that we have with our children. We have amazing times and memories as a family, and I look forward to everything that life has in store for us!