You know it. They know it. Teenage years are growth years and ones of great change. Not only are their bodies growing but also their brains - which continue to develop until their early to mid 20s. Teens need food, sleep, and exercise and lots of love and support – the same as for a child, but in different ways. Most things about their world are changing. Don't let your love be one of them. You might like to start with Parenting teens: Introduction.
Children and teenagers' emotional wellbeing, especially in challenging times, is better when whānau can get the right support. Now all Kiwi families have free access to support that helps improve resilience and emotional wellbeing for our tamariki.
The brain develops very rapidly in the first 3 to 5 years of life, and all the structure and building blocks are present by the age of 9. The different centres of the brain develop and become functionally connected over time. The last part to mature is the pre frontal lobe. This happens during adolescence.
Look for opportunities to talk about drugs with your teenager. Talk with your teens about ways they can so no to alcohol or other drugs, without them losing face with their friends. Be informed about drugs.
There are many reasons why people self harm. The most important thing to do is to listen. It is very important to encourage talking as that is a much better way to help the intensity of emotions than to self harm.
The best way to support your child is to have open, honest conversations about what they might see and how it's different from real sex and relationships. Check out some useful sites to help you start a conversation with your child about pornography.