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How to build a strong connection with your teen?

How can a parent build connection with teen?

You are welcome to apply each one of the following 5 points. There is no specific order or priority in implementing these points, and all 5 should be implemented at the same time to create a sense of attachment.

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  1. Positive emotional experiences.

Having fun and share feelings of happiness, excitement, adrenaline and warmth with parents.

Teens sharing these feelings with their parents fosters attachment by creating positive emotional experiences.

Shared joyous moments release bonding hormones, strengthening the parent-teen connection. The shared activities build a sense of togetherness and create lasting memories, contributing to a secure emotional foundation. When teens associate positive emotions with their parents, it enhances trust, communication, and a deeper sense of belonging, reinforcing the attachment between parents and teens. 

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2. Feeling of routine at home.

A routine at home creates healthy attachment by providing a predictable and stable environment for teens. Consistent daily routines offer a sense of security and comfort, reinforcing the emotional bond between parents and teens. 

Regular family activities, such as meals or shared chores, become opportunities for connection.

The predictability of routines fosters a reliable and supportive atmosphere,contributing to a teen's emotional well-being and provide space for them to open up with parents when needed.

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3. Physical proximity.

Parents can create physical proximity with their teens by engaging in shared activities, spending quality time together, connecting through similar interests, offering affectionate gestures like hugs, attending events, and being present without distractions.

Creating a cozy space at home, participating in family meals, and expressing genuine interest in the teen's life also contribute to physical closeness. 

Additionally, shared chores, involvement in physical fitness activities, and maintaining open communication help strengthen the parent-teen bond through both proximity and connection.

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4. Communication

Communication is crucial for parents to create attachment with their teen because it establishes a base foundation of understanding, trust, and emotional connection.

Open communication allows parents to be aware of their teen's thoughts, feelings, and experiences, creating a sense of validation and support. It provides a platform for teens to express themselves, creating a sense of reassurance for parents, due to teens openly sharing and avoiding lies.

Teens can then seek guidance alongside parents, and navigate the challenges of adolescence with their parents' input. Regular and positive communication reinforces the parent-teen bond, creating an environment where both teens and parents feel heard, valued, and secure in their relationship with their parents.

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