The transition from childhood through puberty to adulthood results in some awkward times and conversations during the adolescent years.
Your son or daughter is likely to start feeling shy about their personal problems and avoid talking to you about them. Regardless of these awkward situations, it is still your responsibility as a parent to make sure your child remains fit and healthy. During these troubled lockdown times, this responsibility is even stronger than ever.
In this article, we will discuss some of the ways to keep a check on your teenager.
The pressures on teenagers are arguably at the worst it has ever been. The advent of social media has added to these pressures. It is now almost impossible to escape your peers at any hour. Cyberbullying is, unfortunately, a common occurrence and needs close monitoring. Try to let your teenagers know they can share their problems with you. Take an interest in their social media, but do not be overbearing. For example, a good laugh can be had by all the family watching TikTok videos and scrolling through IG stories.
In some situations, your child may be experiencing more severe mental health issues. You can seek professional advice on the best ways to handle such situations.
We have all experienced that feeling where we are ill and just want to roll up in a ball. During these situations, it is not uncommon for teenagers to feel sorry for themselves and act in a more childish manner. It can, therefore, aid the situation by giving your teenager treatments for children. These will often be more familiar than adult medicine and cause less discomfort than adult medicines, for example, Calpol rather than Paracetamol tablets. Just make sure you check the correct dosage on the Patient Information Leaflet.
During the lockdown, it is very easy to become lazy and forget to exercise. Teenagers are particularly prone to this problem. With an online world at their fingertips, why would they want to venture beyond the end of the bed? It is therefore vital to drag them out of bed and make sure they spend at least an hour a day being active in some form or another. Going for a jog together is a great way to get exercise and also have a chat. This is the perfect opportunity to discuss some of the trickier issues discussed in other parts of this article.
Teenagers experience a lot of changes over these formative years—puberty results in changes in the body that can be alarming. If possible, try to open up a dialogue. Make sure sanitary items, and suitable medication is available when your child needs it. Relationships can be hard to talk about, but it is essential to make sure your child knows they can talk to you if they ever feel vulnerable. The line between a healthy relationship and abuse are, unfortunately beginning to blur in the world of social media and private messaging. Whatever you do, do not lose your child’s trust by “spying” or “snooping” on them.
Keeping check of teenagers has been a problem for parents since time began. The world is changing rapidly, and the ways parents keep check is changing. The most important way to achieve this goal is communication. Build a healthy, trusting relationship with your child, and you won’t go too far wrong!
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