The teenage years can be a time of intense physical, emotional and intellectual growth. Parents may notice changes in behavior and increased independence among their adolescent children. This is a good time for parents to educate themselves about teenagers and to have many conversations with them about what they’re going through. It’s also important to pick your battles. Tobacco, drugs and alcohol use are far more important subjects than how they dress. Pay attention to key warning signs, such as extreme weight changes, failing grades, or mentions of suicide. Set appropriate rules for your teens while still respecting their privacy. Ultimately, the message should be this: we’re going through this together.
- Understand that when your child is a teen, there main goal is to get independence, so give them space.
- Make sure to educate yourself by reading books about teenagers so you can understand them and their thought process better.
- Talk to your children early and talk to them often so they can trust you with anything that is ever bothering them.
“Many kids announce the onset of adolescence with a dramatic change in behavior around their parents.”