9 Ways to show your teen you love them

Mar 14, 2015

While you may feel your teen is trying to push you away most days, here are some simple ways to show your teen you love them.

1.  Look at them. Let them know they are important.  I have been guilty of doing other things while listening to my kids, which means I’m not giving them my undivided attention. Make eye contact!

2.  Listen. Listen to them when they talk to you – really listen.

3.  Talk. Spend time talking with your teens.GETTING.png

4.  Show them.  Leave him notes telling him how great he is.  Touch her shoulder as you walk by. Make their favorite meal.

5.  Tell them. Our teens still need to hear the words, “I love you.” Nobody ever outgrows that (just maybe not in front of their friends)!

6.  Say yes and no. Sometimes it’s easy to say no without really thinking about the request.  Give them a chance to make their own choices.They may be teens, but teens still need boundaries.

7.  Hug them. Teens still need physical affection, too!!!

8.  Let them suffer the consequences.  Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you’re a terrible parent if you don’t bail your kid out every time he makes a mistake. 

9.  Don’t give them everything. We want to make our kids happy, but giving them everything doesn’t make them happy. 

If you are struggling to keep the connection with your teen let us help you find some new ideas.

Contact us at Embark Counseling 303-907-7072 or 303-726-4560


Darcia DeSalvo

Darcia is a Partner with Embark Counseling Get in touch with her at darcia@embarkcounseling.net

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