Teenagers aren’t just miniature adults. They’re somewhere between childhood and adulthood, which can cause a number of unique concerns.
Teens Have Their Own Set of Issues
Teenagers are a completely different species, according to some experts. Wild and crazy sometimes, and completely docile and respectful at other times … teens are certainly hard to predict.
But while it might seem like this is just a phase they’ll pass through, teens have more troubles during this stage of their lives than you might realize.
By taking a moment to recognize the unique issues they face, you can begin to understand these young “adults.”
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The first things that most people will point out about teens are their mood swings. With the changes in their hormone levels, teens are prone to moments of extreme happiness and joy, followed by periods of sadness and intense anger. This can make their decision-making skills a little inconsistent, and it can also make talking with teens a tenuous process.
By learning that these swings do happen, as a parent, you can begin to roll with the punches a bit more and allow moods to come and go without taking them too seriously. At the same time, it helps to recognize how helpless a teen can feel because their feelings change so often. If you notice a change in your child’s attention level in the classroom or at home, you might want to seek medical advice for another problem. Also be alert for symptoms of depression.
Fitting in is one of the most difficult parts of being a teen. When your friends are all doing one thing and you don’t want to, you feel as though you have to make a decision against your better judgment because you don’t want to rock the boat.
As a parent, by realizing that your teenager is going to be facing situations like this, your help and patience will be appreciated!
1. Learn to provide teens with plenty of information about things they might be faced with, such as drugs, sex, drinking, and other vital teen issues.
2. When you give your teen the tools he or she needs to make sound decisions, they might be more likely to make the right choices instead of simply going along with the crowd.
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Teenagers are not merely adults who haven’t quite grown up and they’re certainly not children, so treating them like either is going to cause troubles in the family unit.
Recognize that your teen has different issues to worry about that you might not clearly understand. With that approach, you can begin to see how they can become frustrated and how they need you to simply be there to listen, and if necessary, pick up the pieces.
Teens and Cell Phones
Another area where you will have your differences is in cell phone use. Sitting down with your teen can make the difference between responsible cell phone use, and abuse. See The Cell Phone Generation for tips on how to ensure your teen uses cell phones responsibly.