Renewing Ties with Teenagers
CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians, Jan Owen AM, has released an editorial piece called “NEVER TOO LATE: Renewing the ties that bind with our teenagers these holidays”
Ms Owen’s article addresses the “limited, poor quality communication between the generations”, and stresses the need for parents to connect with their own children – and the children of others – in meaningful, often unmediated, ways.
Easier said than done. As adults we are often distracted, disengaged or just too exhausted to connect with our young people. Like our children, we feel life is out of control a good deal of the time. As parents we are at work, going through our own marriage, relationship, career and existential crises. In some distorted way, we are also terrified of somehow holding them back, stilting their individuality, freedom of expression and ability to survive and compete in a tough, hard world.”