Lisi looked up from her laptop, greeted me with a cheerful "Hi," and then resumed chatting online with her best friend, Nicole, asking only, "Can you close my door, please, Mom? Welcome to my world. For the last few years I've been competing for face time with my daughter against best friends, boys, school, drama club, and the entire parallel universe that is Facebook. Despite the odds, I'm determined to spend more time with Lisi.
Raising Teens Without Ruining Your Marriage: Three Principles | Healing Together for Couples
Whereas most people are warned that the blessed event of a new baby may challenge the romance in their marriage — not enough warning is given to parents of teens. Lulled by the relative calm of the school age years, they find themselves suddenly embroiled in the challenging journey of adolescence which extends anywhere from age 12 to 18 years. Notwithstanding the love parents have for their kids and for each other, most parents will agree that the teen years can stress even the strongest of marriages. A Saturday night spent nervously waiting up for your teen, while blaming each other for being too lax or too rigid rarely sets the mood for romance! That said, it is important to consider that raising a teen does not have to equate to ruining a marriage.
It can be difficult to find ways to give teens positive attention. The teen years are also the time when young people begin to spend more time with friends than family. And without a concerted effort to create quality family time, many teens begin to drift apart from their parents. Rather than emphasize the quantity of time you spend together, focus on creating quality time together.
Police in Michigan are looking for a young teen couple who had such an intense relationship, according to their families, that they have apparently run away together. Jayden Thomas, 13, of Clare, Mich. Pleasant, Mich.