History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children. Nelson Mandela
One-on-One time is the most powerful tool in this course. Previously, we recommended this to parents with a struggling teen, now we recommend all parents take time to connect with their teen one-on-one. This can be as simple as playing a game of ping-pong, cooking dinner, writing in a gratitude journal, driving to a practice with radio and phones turned off. Some kids demand one-on-one time, but make sure you are spending time with your low-maintenance kids, they’ll appreciate the feeling of belonging and importance they feel when you take time just for them.
- Try to fit in 5-10 minutes with your teen every day. Alternately, plan an activity once a week that your teen can’t resist.
- You don’t need to announce One-on-One time to your teen. Simply invite them to spend time with you and make sure you have removed all other distractions.