The care and feeding of teenagers is a tricky proposition. Yes, they want more food, but not *that* food. Yes, they want to talk, but not really about *that.* Yes, they want you to be there for them, but not *that* much. How do you get close enough and involved enough with your teen without pushing them away?
A new study by Netflix of more than 1,200 parents and teenagers in seven countries has found that watching the same TV shows as your teen can be a great way to connect with them.
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 2 T. peanut butter
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 bananas frozen and chopped
- 1 T. caramel sauce optional
- Whipped cream for topping
Pour the almond milk, peanut butter, and cocoa powder into a blender. Blend until smooth. Add the frozen bananas (and caramel sauce, if desired) and continue blending until smooth and frothy. To make the smoothie thicker, add more peanut butter or banana. Divide into two small cups. Top with whipped cream, if desired. Serve with a straw.
You don’t *need* to add caramel sauce, but we do sometimes to make it a little sweeter. Similarly, you don’t *need* whipped cream, but it adds a little festive touch, especially when your kid is coming home after a rough day.
Clink! Mom/teen “chat snack” is officially a success! Now bring on Kimmy!
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