Hey @cjs_mmm ,
Thank you for sharing. We read that your daughter is so dear to your heart. It sounds like it must have been exceptionally hard when your daughter moved in with her mum full time and you saw little of her. It is understandable that you want to see her move regularly and that you are wanting to be there for her as she is growing up.
You are not alone. As you mentioned, teenagers are trying the trapeze by themselves now and yes, they may be testing their independence. I recognise you want to connect more with your daughter. This article may guide how to effectively communicate with your daughter in a way that lets her see that you want to genuinely connect with her more.
At the same time, I wonder if you would be interested in ReachOut's Parent Coaching if you wanted to have some 1:1 support too. It sounds like you have had some incredible memories with your daughter and you just want to re-ignite that in the midst of growing up.
Remember your own self-care. It recognise it is incredible difficult right now. We encourage your to remember those memories that make you laugh.
There IS hope.
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Hi @ mirvat
It sounds like you guys have a great set up! Managing to entertain that age range is no easy feat, and I speak from experience. I know in my house there's a tendency to let the youngest have his way and just let the elder ones off attending but then we're not doing something as a family.
I'd love to hear what sort of things you guys do. And how you went about introducing that as a tradition in the family. Have you always done it that way or did it evolve over time?
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