Teenage behaviour: what to expect and why As part of growing up and becoming independent, your child needs to test out independent ideas and ways of behaving . Sometimes this involves disagreeing with you, giving you a bit of 'attitude', pushing the limits and boundaries you set, wanting to be more like friends and even taking risks.
Scenario: raising a difficult issue In this scenario, Jack comes home from school smelling of cigarette smoke. His mum is concerned. Option 1: let it go One option is to let the behaviour go. This might show that you respect your child's privacy and help you avoid conflict with your child. But you might also miss an opportunity to communicate your concerns and expectations.
Why teenage friendships are important For teenagers, good friends can be like a personal support group . Friends and friendships give teenagers: a sense of belonging, a feeling of being valued and help with developing confidence the sense of security and comfort that comes from being with others going through similar experiences information about the changes that puberty brings, and what's going on physically and emotionally a way to experiment with different values, roles, identities and ideas experience in getting along with people of the opposite sex a chance to experience early romantic and sexual relationships a social group to do new things with, especially things that are different from what families do.
Planning for the teenage years: why it's a good idea It's normal to be apprehensive as your child enters the teenage years. It's a time of great change for your child and your relationship with him, and you'll need to adapt your parenting as you go. But it doesn't have to be a negative experience for you or your child, especially if you plan.
Scenario: staying connected In this scenario, Jen starts a casual conversation with her dad. This gives her dad an everyday opportunity to connect with Jen and keep the lines of communication open. Option 1: let it go You could choose to let the moment go and not pursue the conversation. That's OK, but you might miss a chance to build closeness and connection with your teenage child.
Why problem-solving skills are important Everybody needs to solve problems every day. But we're not born with the skills we need to do this - we have to develop them. When solving problems, it's good to be able to: listen and think calmly consider options and respect other people's opinions and needs find constructive solutions, and sometimes work towards compromises.
You and your child in the weeks and months after a traumatic event When children have been through trauma, they need a safe, calm place to recover and work through their feelings. After the first response to trauma, a regular routine of meals, activities and chores can help your family get back a sense of everyday life.
Cyberbullying: what you need to know Cyberbullying is when a person uses digital technology to deliberately and repeatedly harass, humiliate, embarrass, torment, threaten, pick on or intimidate another person. Cyberbullying happens in lots of different ways - by mobile phone, text messages and email, in online games, and through social media sites like Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr, Snapchat and Instagram.