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Teenage Behavior

Teenagers are constantly growing and changing. As their bodies begin to develop, hormones begin to appear causing dramatic mood swings and physical changes they may not be emotionally prepared for. Teenage behaviour can run the gamut between severe depression and extreme happiness, depending on the teen, their environment and social circumstances. Learn about Teenage Behavior!

Noticing Teenage Behavior Problems and Correcting Them Before They Get Out of Hand

Teenage Behavior signs that indicate something is wrong or that they are being bullied in some way:

  • depression
  • withdrawn
  • stops caring about their appearance
  • grades begin to drop
  • loses self-confidence

Several factors can cause sudden changes in a teen’s behaviour. The death of a loved one or an unexpected move can trigger feelings of loss and depression. Changing schools can also cause a student to feel as if they aren’t as good as they once were or are lacking in a specific area. Students who are enrolled in a new school may be the target of bullies and pranksters.

Most teens are capable of handling everything that life throws at them. Occasionally they will falter, but for the most part their resiliency takes over. With the help of a strong support system of both family and friends, they can work their way through almost any problem or dilemma. Students who are well supported may not always be the most outgoing or adventuresome, instead they are the ones who are more likely to help other students who are experiencing difficulty in the class room or with bullies.

Teenage Behavior Issues: Rebellion

A common teenage behaviour is rebellion. It’s their first baby step towards independence. Pushing the boundaries to determine just how far they can go until they cross over the edge of their comfort zone. With rebellion can come feelings of freedom and power that allows a student to gain confidence and self-esteem. Parents who encourage their children to reach out and try new things stand far enough back to the let the student explore their options, while remaining close enough to support them if things go awry.

Rebellion is often accompanied by growing pains. Pushing too far over the line and falling into the fire can lead to punishment on behalf of the parent and a lesson well learned for the child. Discipline is important when it comes to guiding a student in the right direction. Students who push the rebellion to excess and become bullies, need to understand the consequences of their actions. In some cases, bullies act out against other students because they are lacking in attention or self-confidence. By paying attention to their personal, individual needs, parents and teachers alike can break the cycle of bullying and bring all of the students back into a cohesive group.

Teenage Behavior Issues: Feeling Different

Students who are made to feel different than others tend to be bullied, or in some cases, can become the bully themselves. Once they have been set apart, they are easily noticed as an outsider. Finding ways to include them back into the mainstream and downplay the “differences” that have put them in their own realm will help smooth over any conflict that has been caused.

Being the new kid at school, being recognized for an achievement or being physically unique in some way are just a few of the ways a student may be set apart from their classmates. Although, it may be unintentional, singling out a student for a high honor or award can bring out the jealousy of other students. Handling the situation with tact so that all students can be proud of their achievements is just one way of removing the stigma of being different.

Teenage Behavior Issues: Lack of Communication

Students communicate freely over mobile devices and with their friends, but many times have a hard time sharing with parents or teachers. For some, it is a matter of feeling like they are misunderstood or treated “as if they are children”. Teens want to be recognized for the age and the things they have accomplished. Communication must be on their level and in such a way that they feel a valued part of the conversation. Giving them the credit they deserve boosts their self-esteem and gives them confidence to move forward and strive to better themselves in every way possible.

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