Supporting young people's dreams and goals can motivate them to work really hard to achieve them.
Although it can often look as though young people have it easy, this isn’t the case and they need you there for support and encouragement – even though they probably won't say so!
Young people are faced with constant challenges and pressures. Whether it’s through school, family, peers, work – young people are always striving for success, for perfection, for respect and for acceptance.
Some issues are the same as those we were faced with growing up, other issues are new trends as society begins to adapt to a faster pace of life.
Young people are constantly battling with:
Keeping the doors of communication open between you and your teenager requires effort, so make a point of getting to know and understand their world, while respecting their growing need for independence.
Listen to and respect their opinions. If you want them to talk to you – learn not to judge, advise, analyse, question or interpret.
Source: The Parenting Place Fact Sheet Communication
Published: 19 December 2012