Relationships between parents and their growing children are important, and in my view should be handled with harmony, love and affection, not with hostility.
A little patience and restraint from both sides can actually help strengthen the relationships between parents and children, helping them to start respecting each other and learn how to enjoy each other’s company. Of course there can be conflicts at times, but if we’re lucky, our families are there for us when we need them the most.
One of the reasons some parents get grumpy in their old age is because they miss their kids when they move out. Helping their children make the successful transition to adult life, however, is one of the times parents are needed the most, on both an emotional and financial level.
However, the parent/child relationship is always changing and evolving over time. As children grow up they can sometimes forget the importance of this relationship due to busy work schedules or other commitments, but parents continue to unconditionally love their children and be as supportive as they can to navigate them through the difficult phases of life as they move along the road to adulthood.
As children enter into their new life stages, they are likely to become less dependent than before, with most starting off their own life journey and dealing with the new challenges ahead. This can often happen when they move away from their parents to go to college or university.
The digital age
Thanks to technology there are more ways to stay in touch these days and it’s worth learning as much as you can about these – whether it’s finding out more about texting or using FaceTime or Skype. The main thing is keeping contact as frequent as possible.