You've lived through 2 a. So why is the word "teenager" causing you so much worry? When you consider that the teen years are a period of intense growth, not only physically but emotionally and intellectually, it's understandable that it's a time of confusion and upheaval for many families.
The way you view status and likability gets passed on to your kids. Mitch Prinstein studies how childhood popularity influences the way we develop as adults. No parents wants to see their child get bullied, or on the opposite end, be the bully.
Becoming a young adult is exciting, difficult, and scary for both parents and teens. It is a time of increasing independence and change, no matter what the situation. Learning to be independent does not happen overnight.
NCBI Bookshelf. It is clear that being a child of a teenage mother often entails numerous risks: low birth weight, complications of the mother's pregnancy and delivery, and health problems associated with poor perinatal outcomes; greater risk of perinatal death; lower IQ and academic achievement later on, including a greater risk of repeating a grade; greater risk of socio-emotional problems; a greater risk of having a fatal accident before age one; and finally, a greater probability of starting one's own family at an early age. Although there are variations from study to study, most studies that survey a representative sample from a population that has had no special interventions and is of diverse socioeconomic makeup, and that do not control for SES or other factors, find that children of teen parents are at greater risk than children of older parents for a host of health, social and economic problems. The critical objective, of course, is to explain why being a child of a teenager entails these risks.
Even better, in a healthy relationship, teenagers love you for who you are. Yes, they might act embarrassed when you hug them in front of their friends or even drop them off in front of the high school. Even the best of us will recognize our own failings in the following list, but look at it as an opportunity to improve rather than berate yourself.
Teenage pregnancy is pregnancy in a woman 19 years of age or younger. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDCinaroundbabies were born to American girls between the ages of 15 to While the number of teenage pregnancies in the United States has been in decline, it still remains higher than in other industrialized countries.
We have three boys and one little girl. Last week, we were talking about the things that no one tells you about parenting a teenage boy. I learned several years ago that those years between being a boy and being a man are the important ones.
The views expressed in this post are those of a Spoke contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Red Tricycle. What some may view as a lack of parenting, is what I deem parenting on purpose, as we work to build necessary life skills in our kids. My foursome have been expected to get themselves up on early school mornings since they started middle school.
To become capable adults, teenagers need to learn to make good decisions on their own. The process of helping children take responsibility and make decisions is a key task for parents. You have an important role in training and supporting your child to be ready for more responsibility.