Among different stages of human life teenage is considered as the most problematic period. Between 13 and 19 years old, children face some overwhelming external and internal problems. During this time they start facing different sorts of stresses concerning school and college, and career confusion and consequently they also begin to feel overwhelmed. Under the supervision of a caring-parent teenagers can manage the problem but children of absentee parents have to endure various unpleasant situations. If the guardians can understand their children’s problems, it can be dealt easily: discussing the problem(s) with their children carefully and in a friendly manner. Here we have put together five common teenage problems and their solutions.
Depression has been the most common suffering for the teenagers. At present days the number of sufferers of this problem has increased significantly. Experts opine that one of the main reasons behind it is spending too much time on electronic devices as it prevents young people from engaging in sports or peer activities that help repel depression. Performance pressure may also lead to unwanted stress. Changes in sleep patterns, eating habits, declined interest in normal and healthy activities, dropping grades in school and college, and preferred isolation are all early signs of depression. Luckily this disorder is treatable, so the guardians should not delay in getting help from the professionals if they notice these symptoms.
2. Peer pressure
While peer pressure is not a new issue, social media has taken it to a whole new level. Sexting, for example, is a major cause for concern as many teens do not understand the lifelong consequences that sharing explicit photos can have on their lives. But sharing inappropriate photos are not the only things kids are being pressured into doing. For instance, more and more kids are being pressured into bullying other kids. To keep your kids from falling victim to peer pressure, give them skills to make healthy choices and to resist peer pressure. Also, talk to the teens about what to do if they make a mistake. Sometimes, kids can make poor choices and may be too afraid to seek help. Make sure your kids are not afraid to come to you when they do something wrong.
One reason for this is the rise of social media use by teens, which has made bullying much more public and more pervasive. In fact, cyber-bullying has replaced bullying as the common type of harassment. Talk to your teen about bullying regularly. Discuss what she can do when she witnesses bullying and talk about options if she becomes a target. Being proactive is the key to helping your child deal with a bully. It is also important to talk to your child about when and how to get help from an adult.
4. Drug abuse
Drug addiction has become another major problem for the teenagers. Out of curiosity teens are easily attracted to different drugs. Many teens do not recognize the dangers of taking a friend's prescription or taking a few pills that are not prescribed to them. Unfortunately, teens often underestimate how easy it is to develop an addiction. And they do not understand the risks associated with overdosing. Besides alcohol consumption is also a problem for teens. Make sure you have regular conversations about the dangers of drugs and underage drinking. Make sure that you are talking about these risks on a consistent basis.
Obese kids are at a much greater risk of lifelong health problems, such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, and heart disease. They also may struggle with body image issues or develop eating disorders. But parents are not always aware of these issues. Parents are bad at recognizing when their kids are overweight. They tend to underestimate their child's size and the risks associated with being overweight. Talk to your child's pediatrician about his/her weight and inquire about the steps you can take to ensure your teen stays healthy.