How much time do teenagers really want to spend with their family? Regardless if they want to, they really should. Studies show that teenagers need more time with their parents than toddlers.
In my opinion, New York City youth are one of a kind, they have so much freedom of mobility that they can move around without depending on their parents, so they seem to grow up a little faster than other kids their age.
This family session was fun, interesting, and a big eye opener to me as a photographer and as a parent to a teenage daughter. Maya and Jolie are twin girls who have grown up in NYC. they walk the streets with confidence and style. the know the nooks and crannies of the city, and easily give you directions to they favorite place to get fresh baked chocolate cookies, or their favorite salad bar and they know the where to get the best cappuccino in town. Girls like them, you would think they would rather be hanging out with their friends on a Saturday than with their parents and me.
Maya and Jolie’s parents are hip, fun and loving; the ones that cool kids brag about. So i imagine,there wasn’t much protest to have a family day together. Maybe Greg and Sabrina had to bribe them to stay with them for the day… Regardless they all spent the day together and we all had a great time. Greg and Sabrina are the cool parents, they decided to forgo lunch and eat sweets all day, how fun is that! I want to be that cool parent, the one that breaks the rules!
Even as our kids grow up, they will alway look for the security of their parents, the hug that will make everything better, the push of encouragement to do something that is out of our comfort zone. And as parents we continuously need our kids to remind us how to have fun. To take a break from our daily lives, disconnect, run, jump and eat dessert before dinner, break the rules every once and awhile. Share quiet times and loud times together, and we are never to big from getting a piggy back ride!