Parenting teens is often filled with turmoil and stress. While very few parents will truthfully say that there was no strife while raising their teenager there are ‘tricks’ to making this time of life a wonderful adventure.
When thinking about parenting, teen issues seem to pop up as some of the toughest. Teens have passed the relatively calm years of grade school but aren’t into the adult years yet. Teens struggle to figure out where they are in life and who they are.
Unless you’re an expert in parenting, teen problems may be overwhelming. Teens pull away from their parents, leaving parents wondering exactly what’s going on in their teens life. Issues like sexuality, peer pressure, drugs, alcohol and self esteem crop up at different times, making it difficult to know how to help the teens. Parents may feel out of the loop, knowing there are things going on but unable to reach their teen verbally in order to help them.
From relationship abuse to peer pressure to drink, teen girls are dealing with more than they can handle.
Most teen girls have come face-to-face with “the popular girls” or the powerful clique at their school—or they might be a part of one. When teen
girls act out their emotions on other girls, it’s a sign they are insecure with themselves—more so than the girls they tease.
As you progress in parenting, teen concerns become less and less. Teens usually figure out who they are and who their friends are. Teens also begin to figure out what they want to do in the future and they become less present oriented and more future oriented. Experimentation with drugs, sex or alcohol often continues with some teens and will continue to be a source of concern to their parents. When the teen gets their driver’s license, they become more mobile than most parents would like them to be. They go to parties and engage in risky behaviors.
It is now estimated that one in four teenage girls has been hit by a guy on date. A lot of times we check out from thinking and so if you were to really look at all of his behavior and think about it, it would be hard to say that’s loving behavior.
You kind of stop knowing what you know. You can’t save him. You’re at risk. It’s your self-esteem that’s at risk. To add to issues of parenting, teen sexuality issues are becoming more out in the open now than they have been in the past. More teens state they are bisexual, gay or experimenting—often dating people of both genders. This is
more common in larger cities than it is out in rural areas but, with the advent of the Internet, teens are dealing with sexuality issues on the web.
Fortunately for parenting, teens pregnancies are down and teens are being more responsible for their sexual activity than ever before. Some of this could be related to the fact that teens can get birth control now without a parent’s permission at a low cost clinic or even at their own clinic.
Teen pregnancy is rarely a desirable event for a girl as well as for other potential baby’s relatives. But the main trouble is not that the future mother is too young to bring up a baby. The fact is that such a pregnancy is usually caused by some certain problems and this means that the awaited baby is not going to be happy.Though, the age of women is enduring to decrease, as younger women look for to conclude pregnancies.
Even for experts in parenting, teens issues like drug use or alcohol use can’t be overcome easily. Teens will continue to experiment with alcohol at parties, drugs like ecstasy and marijuana, and even solvent abuse.
Deal Teen Drinking
A few of the teen girls on the show admitted to drinking—and drinking so much that they black out. I call it dead girl walking syndrome, which means you’re not dead yet, but you’re killing yourself off. Slowly each time you black out, you’re killing off possibilities. ‘So I’m gonna check out temporarily.
Every time you drink, you’ve got to drink more because the hunger gets bigger and deeper and wider.
Cutting and Emotions
Some teen girls are turning to the unthinkable to express their hurt and frustration with the issues they face. What’s hurting you on the inside?