When this happens, your child will look for ways to establish their autonomy. Cutting off communication starts early. Think of it anthropologically. It’s the job of language to tie people together, but it’s the job of tweens and teens to begin breaking ties apart. This is simply part of the necessary, but sometimes painful, process of growing up and becoming independent.
This frustrates parents immensely because just at the age that the world opens up, and exactly when kids need the most guidance, they pull back. And though conversations about even the most innocuous topics jump the tracks unexpectedly at this age, nothing seems to derail you both faster than talking about technology. It’s the new playground or mall, where tweens and teens do most of their socializing. Their fear of being embarrassed, along with their desire for privacy, is so strong, they’ll do a lot to keep you from interfering or worse, cutting them off.
There’s only one thing to do. At around age 11, or when your child starts middle school, it’s time to learn a new language so that you can have better conversations about the things that matter most....
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