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Podcast Episode 216: Kids giving you the slip? Here’s how to spend time with your teens and preteens, without forcing it

Ever find yourself thinking “Why don’t my kids want to hang out with me anymore?!”. Trust us, we feel ya. Today we’re talking about navigating these changes and how to still have a thriving relationship with your kids as they get older.

Teens and preteens are searching for independence and want to spend more time away from their parents. This is totally normal behavior  – but it doesn’t make it any less difficult as a parent. We go from not being able to go to the bathroom alone when we’ve got toddler kiddos to… crickets. We’ll tackle ways to approach spending more time with your “getting older” kiddos, how to accept this new stage of life, and the importance of all of this for teen development. PLUS, we will talk about things to avoid when it comes to spending more quality time with your teens too. If this sounds like exactly what you need today – hit play and listen along! 

In this episode of No Guilt Mom Podcast You Will Learn:

  • The struggle of being a parent that is in high demand and then not being needed (or wanted) as much as your kids get older and ways to cope with
  • The importance of understanding strategies that are effective, and ineffective, for communicating with your kids
  • What is normal in teen development and why they are so in need of their own space during this time
  • How to get more quality time with your kids!

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Brie Tucker

COO/ Podcast Producer at No Guilt Mom
Brie Tucker has over 20 years of experience coaching parents with a background in early childhood and special needs. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Central Missouri and is certified in Positive Discipline as well as a Happiest Baby Educator.

She’s a divorced mom to two teenagers.

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