Your teen is just now able to develop abstract thinking. This involves the ability to construct logic and foresee future consequences. At the same time, your teen is developing critical thinking skills. Nurturing these changes in your teen’s thinking will contribute to her increasing maturity.

You can help by:

  • Engaging your teen in conversations about the world – music, art, books, comics, TV, movies, and the news.
  • Teaching her how to express and support her opinions.
  • Encouraging him to think critically about the things he sees, hears, and experiences.

As with children, teens’ learning takes place in both structured and unstructured environments. Your teen’s knowledge may surpass your own in some areas, but you are still a role model and teacher for him. Continue to support his learning within school and provide life experiences outside of school.