Maybe I'm too early to ask about this, since my status changed to be a father since 25 September ago.. But I'm very curious about this.
I learned from my surroundings (my friends family, my neighbours, etc) that their children (middle/high school) are mostly far more attracted to others than us as the parents. Their children are more attracted to TV, hanging out with their friends, playing video games rather than spending more time with the parents.
I think it's alright if the children can learn good values from those, but what they do not? Maybe this is not happening to all families... But I think the parent's enemies right now are those things (TV, video games, etc).
Why are they more attractive than us (as parents)? How do we make ourselves more attractive than those things?
I hope my questions are clear, since I'm not from US.