Teenagers and Parent Time
Recent family studies (200 families over 7 years) have shown that social skills and self-esteem are enhanced when teenagers spend more time with their parents and especially alone time with their dads. Perhaps this is due to fathers spending more time joking with their kids and in more active, fun activities. The mom’s role is also integrated early into the child’s life so that later skill development through mom’s interactions go relatively unacknowledged. It appeared that teenagers continue to want close relationships with parents overall but over shorter periods of time.