it’s considered to be normal behavior for a teenager to be emotionally distant as they progress throughout their adolescent years. This is the progression of the teen exploring their independence while learning to deal with their own personal issues. Teens acting distant should be looked at as a common and fixable issue by parents. It’s important to have realistic expectations, analyze the situation, and find solutions to increase the parent and teen involvement.
Many parents complain about their teenager is avoiding family activities, staying in their rooms, or spending excessive time on their cellphones, etc. These can be the first signs that there is an underlying issue that is bothering them. When this distant behavior is not addressed properly, it can hinder the communication lines between the parent and teen.
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