Are you in the habit of telling the people you love “I love you,” before parting ways, whether over the phone or in person. Do so is a lovely thing, but it is used so often that it seems to lose its meaning. It has become automatic without any real feeling behind it. So to add more meaning back into “I love you,” I recommend that you add some “I love you’s,” in throughout the day. This lets your teen know that it is meaningful and heartfelt. Not sure how to do this? Just reach over and touch them on the shoulder and say, “Hey I love you.” It’s that simple. And it keeps that connection between the two of you when it seems that all you do is bump your heads together. Don’t let a day go by without letting them know that they are important to you because they can forget their place and importance in the family while striving for independence.