Teenagers -- they are going through certain phases where parents are cut off. It's like they are trying out their wings now. I think it's a testosterone thing.
Here are some suggestions on how to handle your pre-teen..
- Try not to treat him as a child.
- Just be there for him.
- Respect his privacy.
- Don't come off as spying. It may just push him farther away.
- Give him his space, but make sure you know exactly where he is and who he's with -- check in with phone calls and make sure he does the same.
- Good communication is always the key.
In my case, my 11 year old boy.. he was my baby, but when he started talking, he became my little buddy.
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