11- 19 year olds
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.
i-Rock – A drop in service for young people 14 – 25 in East Sussex who may experience emotional wellbeing, mental health, education, employment or housing concerns.
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.
11-19 Eating and Nutrition
If you thought you’d left worries about food behind when your child stopped being a toddler, think again. Teenagers are more vulnerable to eating disorders than any other age group.
11-19 School & Learning
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.
Issues at School
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.
11-19 Health & Hygiene
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.
11-19 Behaviour & Discipline
Teens come with a whole new set of parenting concerns and knowing how to talk to them can be tough.
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.
11-19 Sports & Fitness
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.
11-19 Child Development
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.
11-19 Parenting with Additional Challenges
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.
Divorce & Separation
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.
11-19 Debt & Money
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.
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