Is It Normal for Teens to Not Want to Hug and Kiss Their Parents Goodnight?

A mom writes in asking for advice after her teenage children decide they no longer want to hug and kiss their parents before bed. They also consistently fail to text their father back while he is traveling for work. Now, this mom wants to know if her kids’ behavior is normal?

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A member of the community asks:

“I’m just curious, is it normal for teens to not want to hug or kiss their parents goodnight? They also don’t like texting or calling their dad who works out of town (he text them every night but usually no response).

They say, ‘Why do we have to call or text when we are just saying the same thing every day?’ Is this normal? Was I treating them like little kids wanting to hug and kiss at bedtime?

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Community Advice for This Mom Whose Teenage Kids No Longer Hug and Kiss Her

To see what advice the Mamas Uncut Facebook community has for this mom in need, read the comments of the post embedded below.

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To put it simply, one mom wrote in the comments, “Yes. They’re teenagers. Buckle up.”

Another mom said, “Yes it’s normal, my son was like 9-10 when I stopped getting hugs at bedtime. Don’t take it personally. It’s just the natural process of growing up.”

And one parent added, “Depends on the kids. They should never be forced to hug and kiss anyone. Even parents! And as for texting, they are probably bored with having the same conversation. It is normal but not okay for them to ignore a parent! They don’t ignore you at home, do they!?”

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