Teenage Independence

Most parents see the changes their child goes through around the ages of 11-13 and wonder what has happened.

Suddenly your child doesn’t want to be seen with you in some public places, spends hours in their room with the door closed, or stops talking to their friends when you walk in the room.

It can be easy to take this personally or worry something is going wrong. Nothing has gone wrong. Your teen’s development requires them to separate themselves from their parents. This doesn’t mean you don’t still have time as a family, but it’s okay if that is more dreaded than it used to be.

While it may feel too soon to you, the beauty of adolescence is that they have years to test out independence while still in the safety and comfort of their home.

Let your teen push away a little, appreciate the times they still want you close by, be in awe of their growing sense of self, and maybe miss the little child they used to be.

If you feel your teenager would benefit from more support, life coaching can help. Schedule a free parent consultation to learn more.

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