Relationships; why strong family bonds are important for teenagers


Young children and teenagers do need love, support and some boundaries, no matter how much they might protest. Particularly during the teenage years, when so much is changing for a child. Relationships change over the years, including during these teenage years, but a family’s love and support will always be needed. To keep your bond with your teenage children strong, there are a number of different things you can consider;

Family meals. Having family meals together is a great chance to bond, when there might not be other chances throughout the day. Regular family meals will give your teenage children a chance to chat with you about their day and what’s going on in their lives, giving you the opportunity to learn more and bond more with your children.

Family trips. Organise the occasional family outing to a beach or a park or a campsite. A fun family holiday or weekend together gives you all the chance to enjoy each other’s company.

One-on-one time. Spend one-on-one time with your teenager and use those opportunities as a chance to stay connected with them. Each parent has their own unique relationship to their child and it’s important that you encourage this. If you have more than one child, ensure each child has their own time together with their parent/s.

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

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