One of the hardest things about parenting is that we have no real way of knowing what our children are thinking. This is true no matter what age they are, and this can make things hard when they get older and become more independent. As they enter their teens and start to flourish on their own, it can be hard to know when to approach them and when to give them space. However, here are some tips that will help you get the gist.
You’ve Been Doing Too Much
Ironically, our kids need space exactly when we don’t realize that we’re not giving it to them. This is because some parents are so hands-on that they actually do too much, and this presents a problem. Even if it comes from love, sometimes parents who over-helicopter their children need to learn to take a step back and allow things to happen naturally.
You’re Angry At Them
There are times when you might be so incredibly angry at them that space is the last thing you want to give them. But even if you’re justified in being angry, perhaps it would be best if you took a breather for a moment. Chances are you aren’t going to handle this best if you’re super mad, so take a moment and give them space until you’re ready to address the issue.