4. Getting Comfortable With Their Sexuality:
Adolescent and pre-teen years is when young adults develop their sexuality. The way they are exposed to sexuality is determined by the way they develop a healthy sexual identity. According to medical reports half of the high school teens are active sexually.
5. Success And Competition:
Success and competitions are fostered by our society. Teens must be able to figure out what they want to achieve and what they are good at. This will help them strive for success.
What Are The Social Changes In Adolescence:
The social changes around tend to affect teens in different ways. Here are few social changes in adolescence:
- Dynamics With Friends And Family:
While spending time with friends and family members, teens imbibe social skills. They can easily identify behaviors that are acceptable and those that are not. However, they conform to the ideals of their parents when it comes to values, long-term decisions and values.
- Elusive Behavior:
When asked about the plans in the evening they may simply answer “nothing”. When asked with whom they will be, they may answer, “just friends”.
- Argumentative Behavior:
When teens start growing their own way, they have their own judgments and values. They may argue and start going their own way.
What Parents Can Do?
Parents have a very important role to play in helping adolescents deal with the emotional and social problems in adolescence:
- You can participate in the social and group activities in school. This will help you know the friends she interacts with and also recognize her skills and efforts.
- Celebrate their success.
- You must not feel discouraged if they tend to change their minds frequently.
- You can establish certain rituals that mark the beginning of adulthood from the teen stage. You can have a mother-daughter lunch after your daughter gets her first period.
- If you are a father, you must regularly have father-child bonding sessions too! Have father-son lunch when your son starts shaving for the first time.
- You must be careful about what your teen in doing and the friends he/she is spending time with.
This is only the start… but with patience and understanding, you can make this confusing time in your child’s life as easy and possible. You and your teen can share a wonderful relation when you start understanding your child. Be your teen’s best friend and guide him all through the way.