Today's topic on the Family Minute with Mark Merrill is "Five Things To Do When Your Kids Don't Want To Be With You."

Mark talked about how surprised he was the first time his daughter pulled away from his grip as he walked her to school. His wife gave him advise on how to handle this new "season" with his child.

Mark's five suggestions for what to do when your child starts to "pull away" are:

  • Don’t take it personally.
  • Look at them in a new way.
  • Don’t withdraw.
  • Understand your child.
  • Find common ground.

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