It’s so important to stay connected with your kids. My daughter is 19 and I try to stay connected always … always have. It’s great to have open communication and a good relationship but it’s work. As a parent, you have to commit to be present even if you’re tired, not interested, or have a headache. Yes, being a parent is work. It’s gratifying but it’s work nonetheless.
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I’m not the only one. Canadian parents (82%) are already watching teen shows to feel closer. Watching Netflix together provides common ground and a place to start a discussion.
Recently, I watched 13 Reasons Why. It’s not what I would normally pick but it’s what kids are watching. Since I want to be in “the know” I had no choice, and so I obliged. It turns out that I enjoyed it. I didn’t enjoy the idea that some people might misconstrue the idea behind the show. I enjoyed it because it was well done, and it that it was done. This means that it will open up the eyes of many parents that live believing that “it won’t happen” to them or their family. The truth is it can! It can happen to the best of us, and it can happen to the worst of us. A good way to prevent an unfortunate tragedy from happening is through communication. Parents have to be willing to accept that any way is a good way as long as it is a way to communicate with their children. Keep in mind, as children get older it gets more difficult to keep those doors of communication open.I actually saw 13 Reasons Why alone, but then was able to casually say “yeah, I saw it, what did you think?”. I’m fortunate that I don’t have an issue with my daughter when it comes to talking about any topic that is serious. Again, it’s because I have always worked hard at being present in her life.
Life has gotten much more complicated than when I was a teen. What got me through it was knowing that I could go to my Mom with just about anything … good or bad. When I had my daughter, I vowed to be that Mom to her.
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