As our kids get older, they start to look for more independence.

They’re trying to figure out who they are and how they fit in the world.

As a parent, it can feel frustrating, even sad, when the relationship we spent years building with our child seems to disappear overnight. Even if it doesn’t disappear, it can definitely get more complicated. It often becomes difficult to maintain a strong, positive connection — especially if they start pulling away.

So what can you do? The important thing is to just keep trying.

In the articles below, we hope you’ll find some encouragement to help you do just that. We share stories about other parents’ experiences to remind us: we don’t have to be perfect to make progress.