One day your year-old is a sunny, open, happy-go-lucky joy to be around who thinks you are perfect. Then suddenly, that same child becomes a sulky brooding riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma who makes you question everything you thought you knew about parenting. We think about raising teenagers all day, every day.
Finding out you're pregnant in high school is probably one of the most terrifying things that could happen to a girl. While teen pregnancy rates have been on the decline for decades, U. Condoms break.
If you judge solely by pop music, being a teenager is epic and effortless. The only people who think teenage years are the best years of life are those too far removed from their youth to remember it with anything remotely accurate. Also, the teenage experience has gotten substantially worse in recent years, thanks to things like the Internet and social media, and neurologists are actually busy studying teenage brains right now to find out exactly how bizarre things are getting.
Many parents do not understand why their teenagers occasionally behave in an impulsive, irrational, or dangerous way. At times, it seems like teens don't think things through or fully consider the consequences of their actions. Adolescents differ from adults in the way they behave, solve problems, and make decisions.
Our latest report focuses on how teens, who often live tech-saturated lives, develop and sustain friendships in the digital age, including where they meet, communicate and spend time with friends. Phone calling, instant messaging and social media are also popular ways for teens to spend time with friends, but in comparison with texting, they are used far less for daily interactions. Few teens keep in touch with friends on a daily basis by email or video chatting.
Developing relationships, especially the romantic kind, are a fundamental part of growing up. Social media and mobile technology now permeate the lives of many teens, including their romantic relationships. A new Pew Research Center survey of t0 year-olds examines how teens flirt, date and even break up in the digital age.
They are dramatic, irrational and scream for seemingly no reason. And they have a deep need for both greater independence and tender loving care. There is a reason this description could be used for either teens or toddlers: After infancy, the brain's most dramatic growth spurt occurs in adolescence.
Ninety percent of addictions begin during the teens years. Learn why, and learn how you can take a more active role in prevention. Identify whether your child could be at higher risk for drug or alcohol use, and learn common reasons for why young people may use. Learn ways to create a strong bond with your child to help reduce their chances of engaging in risky behavior.
The teen years can be extremely tough and depression affects teenagers far more often than many of us realize. However, while depression is highly treatable, most depressed teens never receive help. Help is available—and you have more power over your mood than you may think.