Negotiating the Privacy Maze

How much do parents know about what their children are doing?   And how much privacy should children have?   In many ways, children act as the gatekeepers for any information parents have about what is happening in their lives.   Still, there is always a trade-off between how much children are willing to share about  their lives and how much information parents want..   

This trade-off, and the tension it  often generates, can lead to awkward confrontations, especially if children think their parents mistrust them or violated their privacy to get information.   This demand for privacy is especially strong as children become adolescents and peer pressure becomes more important than parental pressure.    As adolescents mature, they are also faced with approaching adulthood and the need for greater freedom in their lives.   All of this leads to uncomfortable boundary issues with new temptations and new rules they lay down for themselves clashing with the rules laid down by their parents.

To read more, check out my new Psychology Today blog post.

           

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