Parenting - Teens | 13-18 yrs

Giving Teenagers Their Space

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 “I hated high school. I don’t trust anybody who looks back on the years from 14 to 18 with any enjoyment. If you liked being a teenager, there’s something wrong with you.”

― Stephen King

As a parent of a teen, on many occasions, you would have felt exasperated trying to understand her various behaviour problems. But chances are that your teenager is also angry or irritated in equal measure due to the many frustrations of her adolescent years.

During adolescence, a lot of changes take place in quick succession. This is also the time when teenagers begin to feel the need for some personal space. The need for space is related to the development of independence, which is a part of the growing up process. As a result, teenagers begin to create some distance between themselves and their parents. It is important that you understand her need for privacy and personal space. Your understanding and support can help her tackle her life’s frustrations and figure out her problems. But also remember that, sometimes, she may not be willing to accept your help readily.

The ideal balance is to give your teen space but still monitor their behaviour for any warning signs of trouble. Also, keep the lines of communication open. According to an article in raisingchildren.net.au, “Trust is the key to finding a balance between your child’s need for privacy and your need to know what’s going on.”

To understand your teen’s needs better, you can read the articles in the ClipBook.

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