Question: I have not been a very engaged parent with my teenager, but now I understand why it’s so important. Is it too late or can I become more engaged with my teen now?
Answer: As parents, we can’t always make up for missed opportunities or fix mistakes. However, we can improve our approach going forward. It’s not too late for you to practice more engaged parenting techniques with your teenager.
Now is an excellent opportunity to foster your teen’s growing independence, which will prepare him or her for adulthood. Teenagers usually start to distance themselves from their parents as they become more independent, so try to slowly integrate these engagement techniques into your parenting style so your teen isn’t overwhelmed.
These are just three examples of small ways to practice parental engagement with your teen. Remember that during the teenage years, your child will learn to become more independent to prepare for adulthood, so your engagement techniques should support that preparation.
To learn more about parental engagement and supporting your child through high school and beyond, see Through High School and Beyond in the YOU: Your Child's First Teacher book series.
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