Those considered “teenagers” are between the ages of 15 and 20 years old. A lot of changes take place during these teen years. The 15-year-old has no experience at just being a teenager, while the 19-year-old is ready to leave the tumultuous teenage years behind.
If you prepared your teenager well during the preteen years to handle the choices and peer pressure that he will face during his teen years, he’ll probably do just fine. It’s important to remember that your teenager is now on the verge of adulthood. He’s not an adult, but he’s no longer a child that you can control, either.
The teenager’s body is going through dramatic changes. It’s changing from a child body to an adult body. The hormones have gone wild. Your teenager is going to be moody and difficult to live with, but you do need to remember that it really isn’t all the teenager’s fault, and sometimes his control (or lack thereof) is being driven by hormone fluctuations that are out of his control.
Patience and consistency are the watch words during this time of your child’s life. Lay down firm but fair rules of behavior so that your teenager has guidelines to live by when his raging hormones make it impossible for him to trust his own judgment.
Get your teen the help that they need. If they have acne, then take them to a dermatologist. If they are having serious relationship difficulties, then get them to a therapist.
Don’t just hand your teenager the “things” that he deems necessary to his very survival. See to it that he learns that work translates into money and money translates into “stuff.” Giving your teen all the “stuff” they want won’t be doing them any favors.