think it is important that parents understand exactly what teens are going through. It makes it a little easier to swallow. When children are young, they tend to get a free pass. When the two year old colors on a wall, we get upset. However, we know they are growing and learning. We do not seem as bothered by youngsters misbehaving.
Did you know teens are still growing and learning?
Matter of fact, this is their natural way of preparing for adulthood. Not only are they developing, they are dealing with raging hormones. These changes are just as hard on them as it is you.
Hormonal changes can begin as early as 10 and go on until around 16 years of age. Boys tend to start a little later than the girls. They are becoming sexually mature. A teen’s body is preparing him/her for family life. They have no control over this change. Not only does it change them physically, but it can interfere with emotions as well. They feel awkward and their peers are a huge influence on them. When they are uncomfortable in their own skin, they assume their friends see this too.
Not only is this going on, but the brain is still in development. This is something that we seem to understand better when they are toddlers. This “reworking” of the brain gets extremely intense during the teenage years and will last through the mid twenties.