The transition between children to teenager can be hard on the parent. You may not feel like you have a relationship with your child anymore. You have multiple jobs now as your child is a teenager.
Learn to connect with the person your teenage daughter or son has become. No longer does your daughter play with baby dolls, but there are still a lot of ways to connect with her. Your children may not be the young child you remember that do not let that prevent you from having a relationship with them.
Even though your child is no longer following your every move, they are working to balance their friends, family, school activities, homework, and a part time job. It is important for them to learn about responsibility and discipline. Instead of trying to help them, let them work though everything they have. You can still open your house to their friends, attend parent-teacher conferences, and go to their football games or school play. Learn to monitor how your children are doing without dictating what activities they do.
Creating rules for your teens can help both you and your teen. You are not a bad parent if you set house rules or expectations for their behavior. Set the rules and then make sure you talk to your teenagers about why they have a curfew or why their homework needs to be done before they watch television. Make sure your tv is also kid-friendly. Go to www.direct.tv for more information about kid-friendly packages.
Set an example of how you want your teenagers to live. Remember that they will be watching you every step of the way. This does not mean you cannot make mistakes, but you are role model in their life.