Many generations of parents have had to work at remaining close with their children during the teenage years. It is important to build an open honest relationship where both parent and child feel comfortable confiding in one and another. From a young age it is important to build the ground work for the often dreaded teenage years.
It is important to talk with your teen daily. Know what his or her interest may be, attend school functions, keep your teen engaged in healthy productive extracurricular activities and parent. Parenting does not end just because a child has reached the age of a teen. If anything, it is often a time to change tactics, build skills and start anew with a strengthened commitment to parenting. Many parents cut the apron strings too quickly. Allow your child to become an independent product individual but still guide the teen. It is a fine line between cutting the apron string and loosing it.
Know who your child spends time with, engage with your child. Try to build confidence and encourage positive choices. With all this being said, no one is a perfect parent. We all have faults and parenting if often a learning experience.
It seems that being an active part of the teen’s life is a great way to remain active with the child.
Scholastic Book Club has come out with a wonderful program to help mother’s and daughters to connect and find common ground. They have introduced a new book club idea for Mom’s and their daughter’s to read the same book and connect via sharing thoughts about the book that they are reading. The club encourages the two to create a book club within their community and especially with other mother and daughter couples.
Scholastic even shares ideas to open the communication to discuss the book, engage the book club and even recipes that are compatible with the book. Scholastic recommends book titles as well. The Scholastic book club even offers the opportunity to enter contest that help to further the interest and fun within the Mother and Daughter Book Club. For example, a selection for the book club to read is a book called Smile. The giveaway is “Reading Smile? Enter to win a Skype visit from author Raina Telgemeier at the next book club meeting!” (scholastic.com)
Reading together as a mother and daughter is a great way to build a strong relationship with your young daughter and teen alike. The book club idea does not have to only fall into he age range presented in this Scholastic program. You can still start your own book club or even join a club at your local library or community! Read to your young daughter, ready with your tweens and teens! Have fun and find things that you may have in common with your age of any age. This book club concept applies to the relationship between father and son as well as the relationship between mother’s and sons and fathers and daughters as well. You can even create a club for the entire family. find a way to connect with your children and just do it at any age. Happy reading and bonding!