The teenage years have a lot in common with the terrible twos. The major developmental task facing both age groups is also the same: kids must pull away from parents and begin to assert their own independence. This makes for complicated parenting, especially because teens are beginning to make decisions about things that that have real consequence, like school and friends and driving, not to speak of substance use and sex. This means that having a healthy and trusting parent-child relationship during the teenage years is more important than ever. A request that seemed reasonable to dad may be received as a grievous outrage.
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It’s not just hormones: What’s really happening in the minds of teenage girls? - The Globe and Mail
It’s not just hormones: What’s really happening in the minds of teenage girls?
Young people going through the process of adolescence need what they have always needed from their parents. They want your love, your support, your encouragement, your nurture, acceptance and attention. The difference for teenagers is that while younger children need their parents to be in the lead, teenagers need you to be by their side. When it comes to dealing with teenagers, we may use much of the same skills as we did when they were younger.