See 29 more comments. But too drastic or long-lasting a switch in personality or behavior may signal real trouble — the kind that needs professional help. Increased arguments and rebellious behavior Typical teen behavior: Despite some adults' negative perceptions about teens, they are often energetic, thoughtful, and idealistic, with a deep interest in what's fair and right. As difficult as it sounds, you have to remain calm and balanced no matter how much your child provokes you. As teenagers begin to assert their independence and find their own identity, many experience behavioral changes that can seem bizarre and unpredictable to parents. This got me thinking that what we need today is to look at the problem in a different light.
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Help for Parents of Troubled Teens
My daughter once came to me and said, OH Mum l must have been a nightmare,. Think back on your own teen years. I took a good look at the teenager I raise, followed him around, spoke to him awhile, talked with other teenagers, and this is what I found. These are certainly the most visible signs of puberty and impending adulthood, but kids who are showing physical changes between the ages of 8 and 14 or so also can be going through a bunch of changes that aren't readily seen from the outside. Or does a certain class at school always trigger anger? Though every parent complains about filthy bedrooms, untidy shelves and cabinets, smelly socks, missing stuff, I wonder where is the time! We partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites.