I feel I'm getting closer and closer to my son. He is such a great teenager. We just got done with dinner at a bayside restaurant on Saturday night. We decided to go for a walk along the water to settle the food. The conversations we have are getting so deep.
As his dad, I am very close to him. I consciously make sure each day we hug and check in about how our days went. He is handling growing up very well. He is caring and thoughtful. I really like him as a person a lot, not just because I'm his dad, but because of who he is. I support him so fervently.
I have radically different tact with my son and daughter. Well, that's because they are different people. As a parent, I feel that I have a responsibility to meet them where they are at mentally, so I can understand their perspective. Only when I've seen theirs, will I offer my own. As they are growing up, I am getter closer rather than further away.