As children move closer to adolescence they may appear to not want to talk as much with their parents. This does not mean they don’t want to talk to their parents, nor does it mean they have nothing to say.
It is important at this time for parents to not give up and keep asking questions and talking on a regular basis. This helps children to feel supported during these changing times.
Children who feel their parents are always available when they need them, usually feel close to and like being a member of the family. This feeling of closeness between family members helps to protect children from many problems…
If you or your children are struggling:
Kids can call Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 or Youth Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 or you can contact your child’s GP. If you are struggling, call Lifeline on 131 114, or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.
This series has been designed to give an insight into the workings of the teenage brain and some tips to help to navigate parenting your teenager. These learnings are based on our research and years of experience supporting fathers and father-figures. But the fact is, everyone’s situation is different, so feel free to be creative, and adapt our wisdom to suit your circumstances. In this series we look at:
- Teenage brain development
- Communicating with your teenager
- Staying connected with your teenager
- Setting the boundaries with teenagers
- Teenager self-esteem and body image
- Teenage relationships, friends and groups