Imagine growing up today: Your best friend got a nose ring, tattoos abound in gym class, and classmates talk about everything from hairstyles to homosexuality in Internet chat rooms. Think about raging hormones, a need to rebel, and peer pressure in your child's daily life. It's no wonder that teens and preteens have the potential for making mistakes that could affect the rest of their lives. Some of these mistakes may involve alcohol and drug use or abuse, high-risk sexual behavior, or violence. Your teen may also be dealing with stress or depression.
The world has changed so quickly that parents may not recognize the pitfalls awaiting their children. You may be shocked and confused by your child's completely unfamiliar world. Help your child to make good choices by understanding the daily pressures he or she must deal with. Don't isolate yourself from his or her reality out of fear or feeling uncomfortable.
Ask your child to tell you about anything that bothers him or her, such as bullying or a concern about a friend's actions. And have ongoing talks about your child's everyday activities.
Primary Medical Reviewer Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014
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