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Adolescence is a time of transition and change.

 

What parents may notice*: 

  • Rapid physical growth, puberty.
  • Self-conscious, anxiety, stronger need for privacy.
  • Test limits of authority and rules.
  • A desire to develop autonomy or distance from parents.
  • An ability to detect inconsistencies, think about future changes, see possibilities and/or think of logical rebuttals.
  • Confusion, caught between independence and depencence.
  • Establish a sense of self or identity (friends, clothing, music).

*Vernon, A. (2004).  Counseling Children & Adolescents.  Colorado:  Love Publishing Company.

 

How parents may be able to support children through these stages:

 

  • Help develop communication, listening and interpersonal skills needed to relate well to others.

 

  • Assist students in developing personal awareness and explore career and personal goals.

 

  • Set a specific study plan to include a study time and place, and check assignments on a regular basis.

 

  • Maintain contact with teachers regarding your adolescent's progress.

 

  • Be flexible.  Adolescents often display a range of moods and emotions.

 

  • Establish boundaries, yet allow them to make some decisions with your supervision.

 

  • Monitor telephone, video games and television usage.

 

  • Know your adolescent's friends and parents.

 

  • Speak with school counselors and administrators who can support you and your adolescent during difficult times.

 

 

 
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