Sex chat between teenagers
Relationships outside the family, particularly with same sex friends, become increasingly important during the teenage years.
Teenagers form very intense friendship groups and loyalties, but these may shift and change as they try to sort out who they are and where they belong.
Parents and others may not recognise what lies behind the ‘anti-social’ behaviour or sitting in a room for hours listening to music.
The reality is that suicide rates amongst young men are disproportionately high.
Girls tend to be more prone to eating disorders, but are also likely to hide the problem away, so it’s not easy to know that they need help.
The taboo against talking to someone about your problems is entrenched amongst teenage boys.
Teenagers can make you feel that you’ve ‘got it all wrong’, and can be hurtful and undermining.
The most conscientious of parents can lose sight of the good feelings they once had about themselves as parents.
Their vitality and energy is infectious and many parents enjoy the stimulation of living with teenagers.Being allowed to try out and identify with different lifestyles and personalities – just as they try out different clothes and hairstyles – is an important part of the growing process.But the process of sorting out and trying out who they are and who they want to be is often nerve-racking and painful.You may accept the moods and angry outbursts as part of the whole mixed package and feel able to support your children imaginatively, without being sucked into their problems.