Finally, always remember to set aside time to spend with your children, even if they don’t seem to want to spend it with you. “A parent who regularly spends time with their teen can pick up on changes in mood or dress that you might not pick up on when you are just passing each other in the morning,” Corcoran says.
And don’t worry if you think that they are not listening. “Studies show that even when young people are not engaging in conversation with their parents, they are, in fact, listening,” he says. “But we need to be honest as parents. Sometimes we need to listen more than talk in order to hear what our kids are actually trying to tell us.”
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