Keeping our kids safe
Gah!! Now that our kids are getting older they're becoming more independent, and this comes with some risks. As part of this they might become more private as they explore new ideas, emotions, and social interests. And we need to allow this.
But, we hear you say, they're still kids! That's where your relationship comes in - stay in touch with them without interrogation or lectures, put some boundaries around what's okay and what's not. But have this be a kōrero rather than 'laying down the rules'!
Trust is key here. Trusting your kids to make good decisions while respecting their right to privacy will help build better communication and strengthen your relationship. When they know they can come to you for help, they will be more likely to share information and seek advice when they need it.