He also seemed moody and distracted at home. He grew his hair long, was doing poorly at school and ate little. When his mother found a cigarette in his jacket, she knew there was a problem. Adolescence is the age of change.
I took a good look at my teenager, followed him around, interviewed him and other teenagers, did some research, and this is what I found. Recently, I attended a school program with other parents of teenagers. The conversation was mainly complaints about raising teenagers. Each parent was only adding items to the list of complaints, but offering no solutions. This got me thinking that what we need today is to look at the problem in a different light.
While there are a variety of ways that teens experience identity formation, some experiences can become very harmful to the individual. The importance of identity development for teens is huge. When a teen is developing their identity they are learning what makes them unique while also feeling the need to fit in. For teens who feel excluded from others due to their cultural, ethnic, gender, or sexual identity , this process can lead teens to begin participating in harmful behavior. The causes above make a teen more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as drugs, substance addiction, and promiscuity.
Teen issues need to be addressed in a professional but engaging format. Teen Lifeline provides this with speakers ready to address many of the issues students face today. Teen Lifeline seeks to help teenagers by providing them with skills and resources they need to be successful. Parents also need to be aware of what their teenagers are going through and know how to respond. Teen Lifeline wants to equip parents of teenagers to better know what to expect, how to respond and when to get help.