During the teenage stage, parents start to witness their children grow into adults. This is a critical stage in life that affects both the child and the parent. This can therefore be a hard time for parents who have to understand and cope with these changes.
These tips will help both you and your teen get through this often difficult stage in life:
- Emotional and Social development
Children who are in this age group are concerned about their body image, the type of clothes they wear and how they look. For example, they spend more time in the mirrors confirming if they are comfortable with how they look. It’s important that as a parent, you understand how critical this is to a teen, yet it’s just as important to help them feel comfortable with their look. You should talk to them about how while makeup is fun, it shouldn’t be considered a necessary to feel good about themselves.
- Peer groups
Teens are more interested in their peers and spend more time with peer groups. They show little or no affection to their parents and sometimes might even be rude to them. As a parent, you should remain firm about set goals and good behaviors but should not take the issues personally to avoid more conflicts. Giving them freedom, for example, by allowing them time to be with their friends may reduce the chances of them feeling the need to be rebellious.
- Mood swings
Their emotions fluctuate from time to time. For instance, feelings of sadness or depression can be seen more often than before. These can greatly affect their school grades and relationships with friends and family. As a parent, it is good to show concern over the adolescents by discussing issues affecting them. They should always have someone to talk to in difficult times.
Children who are in adolescent stage tend to think they are indestructible and are free from harm. They may engage in risky behaviors such as careless driving. Parents should encourage their adolescent children to wear seatbelts, avoid over speeding, use indicators properly and observe the road signs. Having them take a practice permit test from DriverKnowledge.com is a good start. This will help them to understand the rules of the road from a source other than you.
- Social relations
Adolescents become more attracted to members of the opposite sex and start dating. Parents should discuss common concerns with dating before they get a girlfriend or boyfriend. Encourage your teen to form positive relationships with the members of the opposite sex. Make your home a safe and fun place for them to hang out to allow them to create a positive relationship with each other.
- Cognitive development
At this stage, teens have the ability for more complex thought activities. For example, they are able to make rational decisions that require creativity. Parents should guide their children to make independent decisions that are in line with the expected goals.
Finally, parents should understand the different stages of growth for their teen children, the expected changes and the way of handling them so as to bring them up in the best way possible.
Guest post written by Anita. Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She mostly writes about home and family, finance, and business. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book.
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