The developmental stage in which a child becomes a teenager and later, an adult, brings many changes. During adolescence, teens are trying to figure it all out. Teens have newfound independence, which means self-exploration and questions. It also means confronting the systems (parents and family) that have established the rules for their whole lives.
In addition, they are beginning to rely on their friends more than their family members. Teens prioritize their friends’ opinions and activities more than their families’. This can be hard to witness, as you may observe your teen spending time with friends who make poor choices. Or, maybe your teen has closed you off, which makes you even more nervous because you have no idea what’s going through their head.
During adolescence, teens are experiencing intense feelings. While they are gaining some control of their lives through increased independence, they may be experiencing loss in other areas. They are going through an intense period of change! And all humans struggle with intense change. Additionally, it must be noted that while all of these changes are happening, they have new expectations placed on them. From outings with friends, bodily changes, finding individuality, dating, and even starting to work, teens are dealing with many new situations.