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Date Added: October 30, 2008 08:46:48 PM
Author: M Gravlee
Category: Teens
Teens or teenagers are traditionally viewed as being somewhat dependent upon their parents but also working toward becoming independent. This transition usually only lasts a few years before a teen is ready to begin working part time and is able to drive themselves around.

Traditional View of Teens

The stereotypical view of teens is that they are mostly unreasonable and tend to get into trouble. This is in reality the exception rather than the rule. Most teens are responsible and are capable of making some of the decisions that they face each day.

Teens are more heavily influenced by their friends than their parents. Having a good line of communication open with your teen is one of the most effective ways to help them deal with peer pressure and to help them make the right decision.
Teen Pregnancy

Teen pregnancy is becoming more common. Many teens simply do not think about the consequences of their actions or do not know about safe sex options. More schools are offering sex education classes than in previous history. The classes can be taken as early as twelve depending upon your school district’s policies.

You will also want to talk to your teen about safe sex and abstinence. Some parents believe that their teen is too young for these discussions but you can open the lines of communication as soon as your teen reaches puberty. Sharing your personal views on personal matters will influence your teen even if you think it will not.

Teen Jobs

Teens are also becoming a larger part of the workforce. Your teen can become a part time employee as soon as they reach the age of fourteen as long as it does not interfere with school performance. Some jobs allow quite a bit of schedule flexibility allowing teens to attend school events and have time for homework.

Many teens obtain employment in order to buy things that are more expensive or that their allowance simply won’t cover. If you have a teen who wants a job you can help them by making sure that they have plenty of time to do the things that they want to do such as attending school functions and that they keep their grades at an acceptable standard.

Teens and Responsibility

Even the most responsible people occasionally let important things go unnoticed and so will your teen. Even if your teen has taken on several adult responsibilities you will want to keep encouraging them to do their best.

The teen years are often confusing for parents and children since the stage has several contradictions. Your teen needs to learn how the world works but they also need to have your support and love.
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