The teen years can be a difficult time for both your teen and you. But you can also experience times of pride, laughter, and closeness. The world changes so quickly that you may not recognize the problems your teen may face. Some issues teens face may be choices that involve alcohol and drugs, high-risk sexual behavior, or violence. Some teens may also be dealing with stress or depression.
You can help your teen make good choices by understanding teen issues. Ask your teen to tell you about anything that bothers him or her, such as bullying or a concern about a friend's actions. And have ongoing talks about your teen's everyday activities.
Set clear boundaries about what is acceptable.
The best way to find out the issues your teen faces is to keep discussion open and listen to what he or she talks about.
Know who your teen's friends and their parents are. And know where your teen is and what your teen does in his or her spare time. Show interest and demonstrate that you care.
Ask questions about which subjects and activities excite him or her, and try to expand on them. Work with your teen to find new interests.
Just because your teen expresses a desire for something you disagree with, don't jump to conclusions. Be willing to say: "The problem is ours. We are worried because of ... "
Social networking sites and texts can be used to bully or sexually harass teens. Internet access without parental control can give your teen access to pornography, violence, hate sites, and intense advertising. Here are some online safety tips:
Current as of:
September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Susan C. Kim MD - PediatricsKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineJohn Pope MD - Pediatrics
Current as of: September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & John Pope MD - Pediatrics
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