The importance of hanging out and having a little fun with our teens
When children are young, spending time with them is a given, but as kids become more and more independent, the tendency is for them to spend less time with parents and more time with peers, and by the time they’re teens, hanging out with our kids and having fun is rare. But Sharon Hall, author of Raising Kids in the 21st Century believes there’s still a lot to be gained by spending special moments together. “It’s very important to find time to be with your children when they’re in their adolescent years. I would argue that it’s even more important during the adolescent years, and then adolescents would argue with me “no I’d rather be with my peers than my parents”. But at the same time it is important for parents to say “I need two hours of your time on this weekend. We are going to picnic. Or we are going to visit grandparents.” Those kinds of activities tell the child that “you’re still an important member of the family and I want to be with you.”
The Parent Report’s guest expert is Sharon Hall, author of Raising Kids in the 21st Century.
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