Wonder why teens find it difficult to communicate with you? It’s hard to be certain, especially when teens just grunt at you when you ask them to turn the television down, or roll their eyes in disgust if you ask them to put their smartphones away at the dinner table.
But living with teenagers can be one of the most exciting periods in a parent’s life. It is exciting to see your child grow into a young person with separate views, hopes and ambitions. But it can also be a bloody rough ride.
Even the most conscientious of parents can lose sight of the good feelings they once had about themselves as parents. Teenagers can make you feel that you’ve got it all wrong, and be hurtful and undermining.
According to Dr Andrew Kennedy who specialises in adolescent and young adult health, there are a couple of things parents should know to help them understand their teenage children.
For many years, scientists thought that brain development occurred during infancy, but nowadays scientists have come to learn that there is also a second growth spurt that occurs – in the adolescent years.
Parents are very much aware of this important brain development, but probably don’t understand why it happens and how.
Below are some common situations that parents face with some explanations of exactly what is happening in your teenager’s head at the time. Here goes!
1. Why don’t my kids want to hang out with me anymore?
Most children announce the onset of adolescence with a dramatic change in behaviour around their parents.
They start to show signs of wanting to be more independent.