The teenaged mind is only beginning to develop the ability for abstract thought processes such as considering the consequences of behaviour and planning for the future.
It is soaking in the hormonal bath of puberty. Emotional turmoil, irrational behaviour, and self-absorption are par for the course.
You can help your teenager keep a healthy mind.
- Find a balance between nurturing independence and setting limits.
- Talk to your teenager about positive and negative peer pressure. Help him develop relationships with good role models, friends, and peer groups.
- Stay involved in your child’s learning by helping with homework and providing life experiences.
- Discuss the role media plays in your teen’s world via books, the Internet, music, advertising, and TV.
- Identify and seek help for mental health problems like depression and eating disorders.