What Kellyanne Conway's exit can teach us about parenting teens.
Kellyanne Conway will be speaking at this week's Republican National Convention, but she'll be doing it while getting ready for the next phase of her life.
Conway, a senior advisor to President Trump, is exiting the White House at the end of the month to spend more time with her four kids. Her husband, George Conway, is also stepping down from his role at The Lincoln Project, a Political Action Committee (PAC) formed by Republicans working to prevent a second term for President Trump.
This comes as the couple's daughter, 15-year-old Claudia Conway, has been increasingly vocal about her parents' political views and parenting on social media, recently alleging abuse and neglect. The day before the Conways dual resignations Claudia announced she would be seeking emancipation from her parents (she's since decided to take a social media break to process her parents' resignations and stabilize her mental health).
Kellyanne released a statement noting that while she and George disagree on many matters (most notably her boss), they are united when it comes to their kids, Claudia and her twin brother, George, and their two younger sisters, Charlotte, 11, and Vanessa, 10.
"Our four children are teens and 'tweens starting a new academic year, in middle school and high school, remotely from home for at least a few months," she explained in a statement. "As millions of parents nationwide know, kids 'doing school from home' requires a level of attention and vigilance that is as unusual as these times."
Why more time at home could be good for the Conways:
As developmental psychologist Diana Divecha, Ph.D., explains, "studies show that teens are willing to comply with parents when they think the rules are fair (like moral choices or ones involving safety), but they resist when the rules seem personal (e.g., what clothes to wear) or unjust." Research suggests that highly autonomous teen girls (which Claudia seems to self-identify as in her quest for emancipation) "perceive their father to be demanding and their mother to be less rewarding symbolically and objectively and less loving."
But positive parenting techniques are associated with "decreased emotional autonomy among adolescents." So more time at home (coupled with a focus on positive parenting) could really help Kellyanne and George in their relationships with Claudia.
No matter what happens politically, we wish for the best for this family and hope Claudia gets the support she needs, whatever that looks like.
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