Parent/guardian relationships are complex and constantly changing while we age and come into who we are. Our parent/guardian has most likely been along side us since birth or from a young age where it can be difficult to recognize their child is no longer an infant or young child but is an adolescent or young adult with autonomy and a separate identity from their parent/guardian figures. Parents/guardians have hopes and dreams for us while they raise us – when those expectations aren’t our own expectations for ourselves there can be conflict. Although it’s nice that they have an idea of where they see our lives going, it can be limiting. With new generations come new or recycled ideas that can be daunting to older generations that are unprepared for change when familiarity is comfortable.
Resources for parenting teens/young adults, the change in times, connecting cross-generationally:
Practicing consent in your parenting
SHORE Centre’s Parents & Caring Adults Info
SHORE Centre’s Teachers & Educators Info
Sex Positive Families has incredible resources and a blog here
Are you a healthcare provider? Information on providing LGBT2SQ healthcare here
The Whole Child explores Healthy Parent-Teen Relationships