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Episode #77:

Why Your Tween or Teen Pushes You Away (And How to Pull Them Back In)

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Why Does My Teen Push Me Away?

Do you feel like your tween or teen is pushing you away and you’re left wondering why? You’re not alone. In this episode, we’re diving deep into why your young person might be creating distance and what you can do to rebuild your relationship.

You’ll feel better after listening to this episode because you’ll realize that this situation isn’t your fault—and I have the science to prove it! I’ll share actionable strategies to help you reconnect with your tween or teen, supported by research and real-life examples.

In this episode:

  • 1:55: My personal story with my son Patrick and how our relationship has evolved.
  • 8:29: Understanding why teens push parents away—scientific theories and research explained.
  • 13:45: Common triggers of disconnection.
  • 16:56: Common myths of why this dynamic happens between parent and tween/teen
  • 20:04: Respecting their need for independence and why it’s crucial for their development.
  • 21:39: The importance of taking care of yourself during this stressful time.
  • 24:18: Actionable Tips that you can use right NOW to eliminate disconnection
  • 36:13: When to seek family therapy and how it can help rebuild your relationship.
  • 39:44: Your weekly challenge—putting these tips into action and overcoming barriers.

You have the power to improve your relationship with your young person. Small, consistent efforts can make a big difference. It might feel tough now, but your dedication and love will shine through!

I’d love to hear about your experiences or any questions you might have. Share them with me via social media or email, and please share this episode with a parent who needs to hear it. The more we spread these messages, the more we can help other parents build stronger relationships with their kids.

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And always remember, Friend, I believe in you. You’ve got this.


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