Back to Mental health and wellbeing. Teenagers' behaviour can be baffling, stressful, hurtful and often worrying. But in most cases it does not mean there is anything more serious going on than the natural process of becoming an adult. Many of the common behaviour issues that parents find hard are an essential part of puberty and growing up. Surges of hormones, combined with body changes, struggling to find an identity, pressures from friends and a developing sense of independence, mean the teenage years are a confusing time for your child. It can mean they, for example, become aloof, want more time alone or with friends, feel misunderstood, reject your attempts to talk or show affection, or appear sullen and moody.
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If you enter two rooms of Candice Blansett-Cummins' otherwise immaculate home, you might need a mask to disguise the smell, along with some anti-bacterial soap. That's because Blansett-Cummins is the mother of a year-old and an year-old, and she's learned to choose her battles. Parents of teens are united in their mission to get through this time with their sanity intact, but it's a feat often failed. Add that all up, and you get a melting pot of teenage emotions — and the target of those emotions is quite often the parent. For most parents, these teenage years are the most difficult and frustrating times, but there are ways to ease the tension. It's a very quick and emotional transition from being a child to becoming a tween and then a teen, and parents aren't used to giving up the control they had over their kids, which is commonly the source of the majority of the arguments, said Dan Griffin, a clinical psychologist specializing in adolescents and family therapy.
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According to data collected by the American Psychological Association for the Stress in America Survey, teen stress rivals that of adults. Results of the survey show that not only do teens identify that their stress levels are not healthy, but they also underestimate the impact stress has on their mental and physical health. All teens experience some amount of stress, and some stress can even be healthy. Many teens, however, struggle with significant stress levels that interfere with learning, relationships, and other areas of functioning. Stress can manifest in different ways, and some symptoms of stress mimic normal teen behavior. To that end, stress can sneak up on teens. All teens are different and stress can be triggered by a number of factors.
When your child reaches his or her teenage years, it's a time in life when he or she is really figuring out how to navigate a new life stage. His or her interests will likely change, and your teen will want to stay current on what's cool — and will likely want things that let him or her express his or her changing personality. The products in this category can help you and your teen decorate his or her bedroom, ensuring it provides the proper level of style and functionality needed to study, rest and entertain friends. Here's how to get started in creating a hip new space for your teenager. Most kids reach a point in their development where the bedroom they grew in with loses its appeal. Perhaps your child has outgrown a certain color or no longer has a strong affection for their old favorite cartoon characters.