Man and girl on bikes outdoors smilingTeens often act like they want their parents to disappear, when in fact, they actually want to stay connected. Studies show that teens who remain close to parents are happier, healthier and do better in school. They also stay closer as adults.

Are you staying connected? Answer yes or no to the questions below to find out:

___1. Do you have a regular “appointment” to do something fun together, one on one?

___2. Do you do things your teen likes?

___3. Do you listen to your teen’s music?

___4. Do you volunteer to drive your teen and his friends places?

___5. Do you try to spend less money and more time with your teen?

How well are you doing?

Each yes answer is a way to build stronger bonds with your teen–both now and in the future. For each no answer, try that idea from the quiz to strengthen your relationship.

Reprinted with permission from the October 2013 issue of Parents Still make the difference!® (High School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2013 The Parent Institute®, a division of NIS, Inc.