When your child was young, your role was to nurture and guide them. Now you might be finding that your relationship with your child is becoming more equal. How do you stay connected despite this?

Communication is key

Maintain an open and trusting relationship with your adolescent by keeping all subjects on the table. Make yourself available to talk to so your teen knows they can approach you about a problem if needs be.

Foster independence

Start giving teens more responsibility around the home and encouraging them to get a job or volunteer within the community.

Know who your child’s friends are

Facilitate ways to get to know your child’s friends and their families to ensure they’re maintaining healthy relationships.

Ensure you are a good role model

Teens gain a sense of the kind of adult they want to become from the adults they are surrounded by.