Parenting teens is often challenging, especially when you are going through a separation.
As your children learn to become adults, it can be hard to walk the line between allowing them to mature and giving them the guidance that they need. This can make separation difficult because your teen may be old enough to decide where to live and which doctor see, but you do not want to put your teen in the position of having to choose between parents or feeling put in the middle of your separation.
As with children of all ages, it is important to let teens know that both parents love them very much. Tell your teens that their thoughts and feelings will be heard and respected, but that resolving the issues is the parents’ responsibility. You may want to set up counselling for your teen to help ensure that (s)he has someone neutral to talk to about how (s)he feels about the separation.
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