When Katie Bingham-Smith’s kids turned 12, they started asking her to leave them alone. Nothing about that feels natural to a parent, she says in this essay.

In addition to wanting to be on their own, it may feel like they’re angry or annoyed more often. As their parent, it can hurt! Katie’s older teens are opening back up to her, though, showing how consistent efforts to be there make a difference. It will get better, she promises.

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