How do you know if you’ve done your job as a parent effectively or not?
For awhile, I find myself reminiscing about my daughter’s younger years, like toddler, preschool. Can’t say it didn’t have its frustrations, but I always made an effort to take her for long walks from the time she was a baby and read to her, which she enjoyed, that “bed time story”. Kids’ story hours we were regulars, as well as fun events for kids.
Now that she’s 12 and we live in a different town, I feel I’ve lost her. She wants time with friends more, and spoiling of family hasn’t helped with the behavior. There’s no one else I don’t feel embarassed to ask about this.
Is this pre teen children wanting more independence from parents? Or has some of my family toxicity spilled over onto her and she resents me? Can’t wait to get away?
While I have allowed her learning opportunities, like various trips when she was little to museums and aquariums, to field trips to trying different sports and involvement in school musical groups, I wonder if her family life is lacking in some way.
What experience have any of you had with a child or multiple children in this age group, and how did they behave compared to when they were little?