(CNBNewsnet)(June 7, 2018)--Being a teenager is a time of transition, which explains why so many High School students claim to be stressed-out. As graduation nears, it is often seen as a time of great elation and celebration, but even this can be one of the most stressful times in a teenager’s life. If you are a parent and want an insight into the potential worries of your child, or you are a teenager and you want reassurance that you aren’t alone in feeling this way, read on.
What am I going to with my life?
You may think that teenagers spend all their time taking selfies and generally having a wonderful time, but if you cast you mind back to when you were young, you probably remember worrying about how you were going to make all your dreams come true. Some students have no idea what career they want, which makes it even more stressful. As a parent you need to support your child and offer them resources to help make decisions about their future career. Invite them to your workplace, source great career websites, and let them know that you are there to guide them onto the right career path for them. A useful site for careers and educational guidance is Withmydegree.Org, which answers questions such as What Can I Do With A Bachelors In Behavioral Science? What Can I Do With An Anthropology Degree, and What Can I Do With A Psychology Degree?
Like it or not, your child will have crushes, want to go dating, and may even have their heart broken at some time or another. These are all very normal events for a maturing teenager, but for you, the parent, it can be a difficult period in more ways than one. You may suffer the brunt of moods caused by unrequited love, or you may be trying to ensure their romantic inclinations don’t get in the way of studying. The best way to tackle these situations is with open dialogue. If your child knows you are there to talk to and to offer advice, they will be more likely to come to you whenever they need advice. When it comes to dating, make the boundaries clear so that their social life doesn’t impact upon their studies.
Teenagers are often just discovering what they like to do, and who they are as a person. As a result, friendships may come and go, as they develop different interests and relationships. Let your child know that this is all part of growing up, and that although t can be upsetting when friendships don’t last, that this is not a reflection on them as a person. Encourage them to invite friends over and to make new friendships. Social skills are an essential part of maturity and so, when possible, let them handle friendship problems independently, yet offer support when needed.
It can be difficult to reiterate that High School is not the end all and be all of life, and that it isn’t necessary to fit in with the popular crowd. Encourage your child to be an individual and stress the importance of remaining true to their morals and beliefs, and to avoid giving in to peer pressure. If, as a parent, you stress from an early age that individualism and self-respect are traits to be admired, your child will be less likely to be easily led and will not be upset when reproached by peers for standing by their beliefs.
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