Being a teenager in today’s society is likely the hardest it has ever been before. Struggles with emotions, relationships, self-esteem, and bullying are just a few of the many stressors current plaguing young people. You may be feeling helpless as to how you can best help your teen at this time. Please know that this is not only understandable, but highly common among parents of teenage children. During the teens years, a person is dealing with understanding their own identity, where and how to fit in with peers, rapid physical changes, and challenges in making healthy, sound choices. When these factors collide, many teens find themselves needing additional support to cope.
Major loss and life changes (such as natural disasters, divorce, remarriage of parents, relocation, death in the family, etc.) can bring about a host of emotional responses resulting in isolation, arguing, defiance, and other unhealthy behaviors. It is usually during this time that the teenager’s family and friends begin to notice significant changes in how they present and behave.