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10 5 for Tweens and Teens
Max and me, this picture truly sums up the teen and Hen relationship!
2) Plan separate dates. We aren’t great at sticking to this, but when the opportunity presents itself to go our separate ways we have the most wonderful time. Recently our tween asked Sam (dad & husband) to the movies. They went to see a flick that only they wanted to see, but were all too excited to tell us about it when they got home. It was great for us to hear the recap, but better for them to have seen it together. My teen is just as happy to hop in the car and head to Target with me. He likes to tool around and we have some of the most interesting conversations and he opens up to me in ways he might not have if we were just sitting on the couch at home.
3) Set expectations. We have regular family meetings. We run the household like a business and everyone’s a stake holder. Understand that these meetings aren’t anyone’s favorite, but we feel we owe it to our kids to tell them where we are with things like goals, vacation planning, business planning (our website), work, projects, etc. It may go in one ear and out the other, but sometimes you may be surprised at what sticks. Like wanting an expensive item, but drawing back in light of the impact on the entire family. A note of caution on this one: it takes time.