Which song best describes your child? a) Touch Me by the Doors or b) Don’t Stand So Close to Me by the Police

By danielfoster437 on Flickr

By danielfoster437 on Flickr

Your teen may cringe when you hug them in public but don’t let them fool you! They still want and crave hugs and contact with you – but not when their friends or peers can see!

Be an eParent®! Show affection to your teen by playing an active video game together and give your teen spontaneous high fives, fist bumps and hugs. Watch this link to eParenting®Family Game Night” YouTube video.

Healthy growth and development depends on the relationship teens have with their parents. Physical affection is still a part of that relationship. A healthy relationship with your teen also helps you, as parents, to set limits and offer guidance to your developing teen. A healthy relationship raises the odds they will listen! Teens need an increase in privacy, independence, and opinions all while craving respect, warmth, and affection.

You may enjoy reading about children and media on PBS Parents.

To learn more contact UW-Extension Family Living Programs or like Family Living on Facebook.


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