Your teenage years can be the best years of your life, and at the same time, they can be the most difficult. Although we see the physical changes that are occurring on the outside, your brain is also growing and changing. In fact, your brain begins to develop its frontal lobe during puberty and continues into adulthood. The frontal lobe connects the logical and emotional cores and allows you to use both reason and feelings to make better decisions. During adolescence, you are constantly learning new skills and developing a sense of who you are as an individual. For teenagers, these articles help them learn more about what’s going on with their bodies. For parents, you can learn how to help your child make it through the tumultuous teenage years. Should you let them have more freedom, or should you keep an eye on them? Read some of these articles to find out.
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Understanding adolescence is an important task for every parent. It’s a time period when rapid changes are occurring in your child. They may “try on” new personalities or align themselves with different friend groups. Many parents feel like there are constant fights and arguments over small issues. These issues may seem small to parents, but for the adolescent it is a way for them to establish an individual identity. It always helps to understand why your child is acting the way that they are. When you do, you’ll be able to better handle the situation.
As a parent, it’s incredibly important to understand adolescence and to understand why a child is acting a certain way.
Understanding Child Development
Adolescents are still viewed as children, but their brains begin to change quickly with the introduction of several new hormones. Cognitive development happens rapidly and the brain begins to grow at a faster pace. It’s not uncommon for you child to lash out, or escape to their room more often.
Here, you can read articles on what to expect as the brain begins to develop and how their bodies are beginning to change inside and out. It can help you become a better caregiver when you understand the “mechanics” of what is going on inside your child’s body. By understanding why they act the way that they do, you’ll be better able to respond in a constructive and healthy manner.
Late Adolescence Needs to Be Understood
Late adolescence is an important subject to understand as well. It’s when your child becomes a young adult. It’s also a time period where they're trying to navigate shifting social norms and friend groups. It can be hard for teens to understand how they fit in to your family, because they often feel like older people can’t understand what they are going through. These articles can help guide you and your child through each of the stages of adolescence and help them better understand themselves. That gives them the chance to be healthier both mentally and physically.
Getting a Grip on Those Natural Behaviors
Some adolescents show changes that are different from what you may be used to as a parent. For example, during puberty, testosterone levels in boys increase, and they might become more aggressive. While it may be temporary, it can be a shocking for a parent to see their sweet boy scream out in anger.
Our articles can also guide you through some areas of adolescence that can be hard to understand. Being better informed gives you the chance to build a connection with your child, and help them better understand themselves.
Adolescence is a period of time when children begin to experience changes, new frustrations, and difficult stressors in their life. The information we have collected here can help you talk to your child, and guide them through this time period.
Plus, we’ll help you decide when it’s not just them acting like an adolescent, and when it’s time for you to get them help.
Helping Adolescents Cope with Disorders
Bulimia, drug abuse, and other issues that come forward during adolescence can be hard for parents to understand. Adolescents are incredibly impressionable, and their peers will often prompt them to make poor decisions.
Several disorders start to pop up in adolescence. Eating disorders in adolescents are common, and many children struggle with them. As a parent, if you start to notice they are eating less and focused on their body shape, it might be time to reach out to a professional. Late adolescence is also a time when drug and alcohol abuse begins to appear. These articles will help you with information to decide when you should help them yourself and when you should seek professional help.
Depression Information for Adolescents
Depression is very common in adolescents. It often appears for the first time during their high school years. Teen suicide has tripled since the 1960s, and it’s continuing to grow at a quick pace.
Many parents don’t know how to help their child with their struggles. They aren’t sure how to get them the help they need, and talk to them about it. Luckily we are here to help, and there are ways for you as a parent to understand these issues.
You can help your child get ahead of their depression so they don’t become another statistic. Our articles will help you understand why they may not reach out for help, and how to recognize the signs so you can step in and help your child before it’s too late.
Adolescence is a rough time for many children, but you can help them find balance so they’re happier, and healthier too.
Coping with Bullying
Finally, we have articles on bullying. Bullying is quite common during the teenage years, and adolescence is a time period where bullying is experienced far too often.
It can be hard for a child to talk to you about their problems, especially if a bully is involved. There are so many types of bullying these days too, both offline and online, that it can be overwhelming for a child. As a parent, you need to understand why your child is getting bullied, and how you can help them stop the problem. Stopping a bully is never easy, but we have provided helpful resources such as videos in our articles to help you teach your child about bullying, and how they can be in control and stop it. We also will give you some tips and resources to help your child stop the bully, whether it be ignoring, being proactive, or taking back your life.
This is a huge issue for a lot of children, but our articles will help your child get in control of their life, and stop this harassment in its tracks.
Adolescence is a time period when there is a lot is going on. Between school, family matters, social changes, and a volatile future, it can be hard to cope with the feelings your child might be experiencing. New behaviors may crop up because of this time period too. You can help your child live the best life that they can with the help of our counselors. Our articles can help teach you, so you can help them cope with their problems in a positive manner.