The Positive Parenting Guide to Adolescence

The Positive Parenting Guide to Adolescence

“Adolescence is when the very worst and best impulses in the human soul struggle against each other for possession.” -G. Stanley Hall

Adolescence as a stage in life can be challenging for children and parents. It is the age between 10-19 years, and various emotional, physical, and mental changes are associated with this period. In contemporary times, this is both accompanied by the complexities of navigating social media, changing patterns of socialisation, increased exposure to choices and avenues offered across the world, and societal discourse on issues pertinent to this age.

Physical and Emotional Health

The physiological and physical changes that take place during this period can be distressing for the child. The onset of puberty is a major part of this process. Changes in the body can lead to anxiety and awkwardness. The child may become conscious about their body, which may affect their body image. Hormonal changes may lead to mood swings. Children may become more sensitive during this period and react to situations.

Social Dynamics

At this age, friends start taking precedence over family. Parents may feel that their child is becoming a bit distant. The importance of peers in an adolescent’s life may also lead to concerns about their standing amongst their peers. At the same time, they may feel pressure from friends, which can be both positive or negative. This pressure may motivate the individual to acquire new skills or affect them negatively by wanting to conform and fit in by engaging in risky behaviours.

Academic Concerns & Career Choices

This is also the age when pressure surrounding studies increases and choices about subjects and careers have to be made. These choices may lead to personal and parental conflicts. Time to engage with outdoor games and hobbies may also decrease because of this. In current times, there may also be confusion due to the myriad of choices and opinions available on the internet.

How Parents Can Help

“Adolescence is a tough time for parent and child alike. It is a time between: between childhood and maturity, between parental protection and personal responsibility, between life stage-managed by grown-ups and life privately held.” -Anna Quindlen

Parents may find this time challenging and confusing. The kind of parenting style we use has an impact on the development of the child. This is a period through which they need support, as well as the space to grow and explore on their own. The most important thing is to keep communication channels with the child open and reassure them of your unconditional love. Lending them an empathetic ear and validating their feelings goes a long way in developing a good relationship. It is also important to remember to resolve conflicts, which may invariably occur, in a mutually respectful manner. These are skills that can be developed through compassion and practice.

For more information on understanding adolescence, stay with us for an upcoming workshop for parents of children in this age group under the banner of ‘Raahein- The Positive Parenting Guide’ presented by Wellness Wise by Dr. Alka. 


13 thoughts on “The Positive Parenting Guide to Adolescence

    1. I am so happy Anushka that you found it informative. I have more to share on understanding adolescence, in my upcoming workshop.

  1. I highly agree for what’s written here, parents surely need time to process what their child wants but during that time they forget to focus on one thing which is the child’s Mental Health, though the child may not tell about their mental health to their parents because of the fact of thinking how will the parents react, the pressure received to the children is more by the family members rather than their friends, It was an wonderful blog, I enjoyed reading it and definitely relate to it, Thank You for writing this, I am not a parent but a school student but the parents should be definitely aware of this.

  2. The goal of parents is to raise well-adjusted and confident individuals by using positive reinforcement and respectful communication. Thank you ma’am for sharing these thoughts which plays an important role in positive parenting approach.

    1. Yes Premlata! As Parents we want the best for our children and definitely positive reinforcement and respectful communication will take them a long way.

  3. Thank you for sharing yet another informative article on adolescents and how their relationship grows with their parents.

  4. Thank you for sharing very helpful information, definitely this will help parents to understand their child in a better way.

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