As your kids mature, your relationship with them needs to mature as well.
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Parents may choose to attribute tensions to individual tensions rather than relationship tensions as a means of maintaining close relationships with their children. Many times moms become frustrated when their sweet, compliant child begins exerting independence and willfulness during adolescence. Parents still may be tempted to give unsolicited advice, do whatever's needed to protect kids from harm — and remind them to get car insurance. Although we predicted that adult children would report more intense relationship tension topics than their parents, we found no generational differences in reports of these tension topics.
1. Nurture what lies in our control and forget the rest.
Child Development. Complementary or competing perspectives on intergenerational relationships? Parents and adult children in the same families had different perceptions of tension intensity.