A recent Family Circle poll* showed that teens want more time with their parents -- and for their parents to listen to what’s on their mind. If I sense that one of my kids needs to talk, I ask about something she’s interested in; once the conversation gets going, I can steer her toward another topic. Knowing it’s easier to share when siblings aren’t around, I grab some alone time with each child over a quick meal. And when they don't feel like talking, I hang out nearby. When they’re ready, I’m there.
* The survey was conducted on behalf of Family Circle by Harris Interactive in the spring of 2006.
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