Teens…One minute they want all of our attention, and the next they want nothing to do with us. What happened to my open, sometimes clingy son? He used to share everything with me. He became secretive and elusive. My questions were answered with grunts, if at all. I remember really missing the younger years, as our sons became teenagers.
So what happens to our children as they enter their teen years?
They shift from getting everything they want and need from parents to their peers. This is a normal stage of development called “individuation.”
And, it can be really hard for us parents not to take it personally.
It may also feel like your teenager is being rebellious.
They are trying hard to figure out who they are separate from us, their parents.
We parents become a source of embarrassment.