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Parenting teenagers can be challenging and many parents find it hard to adapt to changes in their child’s behaviour as they grow up. Some parents see changes in their teenager almost overnight whereas others see gradual change. Here you’ll find lots of links to practical advice on how to deal with common teen issues.
f you are aged 14-25 and live in East Sussex i-Rock can offer you the chance to talk in confidence about any problems you may be having. They offer advice and support on emotional and mental wellbeing, jobs, education and housing. During Coronavirus our sites are closed but we are still offering help to young people by providing a virtual offer.
Please contact us by emailing the team who can then offer a telephone or video consultation. Please find the details on our Support in your area page.
Some teens may be tempted to experiment with alcohol , drugs or smoking and as a parent that can be frightening.
Local: Drugs and alcohol
National: Talk to Frank
Other: CGL | Change Grow Live – health and social care charity
Young people are very tech-savvy so it is important to protect our children from harmful material and teach them to use the internet safely.
Exploitation is a hidden crime which often happens out of sight, leaving victims at serious risk of harm. Within East Sussex increasing numbers of vulnerable children are being identified as victims of exploitation. If you suspect it, report it. We all have a role to play in keeping people safe from harm.
County lines is a term used to describe gangs and organised criminal networks involved in exporting illegal drugs into one or more importing areas within the UK, using dedicated mobile phone lines or other form of “deal line”. They are likely to exploit children and vulnerable adults to move and store the drugs and money and they will often use coercion, intimidation, violence (including sexual violence) and weapons.
Sussex police continue to see children being exploited by criminal gangs to supply drugs in Sussex. Intelligence from you is key to the police taking out the gangs responsible for this exportation of crime and exploitation of the vulnerable. We would encourage anyone who has concerns about vulnerable people being targeted in this way to come forward and speak to police 101 or in an emergency 999 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
All young people in all year groups are returning to school and college full time from 8th March 2021.
Returning to school is vital for children’s education and for their wellbeing. We know that many children and young people are eager to return to school to see their friends, but we completely understand that others will be anxious about going back and being away from their families after spending so long at home.
The benefits of being back in school far outweigh the very low risk from coronavirus. The risk to children themselves of becoming severely ill from coronavirus is very low and children transmit the disease less than adults.
Exam time can be very stressful for everyone in the family. Your child may not want to sit all of their exams, or perhaps getting them to revise has become an uphill struggle.
Teenage problems in school can be a very daunting time for families as they struggle to deal with the issues their child may be facing.
National: Issues at school – Family Lives
Mood swings are normal in teenagers but some teens could be coping with something more serious.
Talking to your teen about sex can be challenging no matter how old they are. On-line resources can provide a way to springboard into important conversations.
Teens come with a whole new set of parenting concerns and knowing how to talk to them can be tough.
National: NHS Talking to your teenager
Setting boundaries for your teen is an essential part of parenting. If your teen is being regularly verbally aggressive or even physically violent, this can cause real problems in your home.
During adolescence young people often think a lot about how their bodies look. They also compare their bodies to others. A positive teenage body image is an important part of healthy self-esteem.
Local: Active Hastings
National: One You
Other: Sport England
While it can be normal for a teenager to lack confidence, at times teens with low self-esteem issues often view themselves as unworthy. Low self-esteem can be particularly hard for young people as it’s a time when they’re exposed to new life events, like starting secondary school and forming new friendships and relationships.
It’s a common source of anxiety for parents to know how to support a child if they come out or have questions about their sexual identity.
The variety and complexity of family life today means that new skills are needed all the time. Step-parenting is one of those new skills.
Sometimes, when there’s nothing else for it, marriages and relationships end in divorce or separation and couples have to go their separate ways. If you have children, it’s important that your break-up goes as smoothly as possible to have as little impact on them as you can manage.
No debt problems are unsolvable. It might not be easy or quick, but there’s always a route. And the earlier you deal with them, the easier they are to deal with.