Teenage dating guide for parents

If parents have appropriate expectations, teens will likely try to meet them.Without reasonable expectations, your teen may feel you don't care about him or her.Kids often start "trying on" different looks and identities, and they become very aware of how they differ from their peers, which can result in episodes of distress and conflict with parents.One of the common stereotypes of adolescence is the rebellious, wild teen continually at odds with mom and dad.

Teens want to shock their parents and it's a lot better to let them do something temporary and harmless; save your objections for things that really matter, like tobacco, drugs and alcohol, or permanent changes to their appearance.

Teens might act unhappy about the expectations their parents place on them.

Still, they usually understand and need to know that their parents care enough about them to expect certain things such as good grades, acceptable behavior, and sticking to the house rules.

But it's important to make a (somewhat artificial) distinction between puberty and adolescence.

Most of us think of puberty as the development of adult sexual characteristics: breasts, menstrual periods, pubic hair, and facial hair.

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