Turbulent. Disturbing. Challenging. Dramatic. Conflicting. Hormonal. Irritable. Welcome to adolescence!
Adolescence: the transitional period of time from youth
to adulthood. It’s during this time that
a young person transitions into an independent individual mentally and a
maturing adult physically.
The best advice I could give parents with adolescent children
is very broad but very important: stay
open minded. Teens today are not
experiencing the same events and culture that their parents did. Teens are exposed to much more adult matters
than probably should, but there’s no way around it. Parents should be aware of the toxins
surrounding today’s youth. I encourage
anybody with children to be educated on eating disorders, depression, alcohol/drug
abuse, law breaking, sexual orientation, sex, peer pressure or other significant
adolescent issues. By being educated and
open minded on such topics will make teenagers feel more comfortable to talk to
adults about these important issues.
Being educated is important because if teens come to you with questions,
they want legitimate advice. Giving
inaccurate advice could result in a skewed formation of reality. Keeping an open dialog with your children can
sequence into a healthy understanding of life as they transition into