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The Diverging Paths of Parents and Teens

October 5th, 2015|0 Comments

We usually think of the teen years as a period of major changes in our children. Often overlooked is the fact that parents are also experiencing significant changes of their own. One of the things that makes these changes interesting — and challenging — is that mid-life parents and their teenage children are often changing in ways that are opposite to one another. These diverging paths are one of the reasons why parents and teens frequently don’t see eye-to-eye, causing stress and sometimes even conflict in the family. These differences can also have consequences for how parents relate to their teens. Consider the following areas of development and how parents and teens often differ:

Physical Changes

One of the most obvious changes […]

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