Teenagers face many problems growing up due to their hormones and need to figure out who they are as individuals, which can include depression, cutting and self-harm, anger, violence, delinquency, bullying, cyber bullying and suicidal thoughts. It is recommended that teenagers learn how to communicate with their parents and peers effectively as well as eat a healthy diet, perform regular exercise and participate in other activities that can reduce stress.
Many parents find it difficult to communicate with their teenager and are unsure how to provide support while establishing clear guidelines yet not overwhelming their child. Parents do not want to be overbearing; however, teenagers still need boundaries in their lives. It is important to remember that they are young adults and not adults.
Parents may want to start their communications with their teen by first remembering that their teen deserves respect. Berating or belittling a teenager in front of their friends and their peer group is the wrong tactic and will not help the teen. Parents should try to ask their teenagers questions and get their opinion on personal issues. They should understand also that some teenagers may boast a know-it-all attitude in order to cover up insecurities.
Parents will want to talk to their teenagers about the "tough issues" that they may see their friends or other peer members go through early so that their teens are prepared. These issues include sex, violence, drugs and respect.