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Teens (12 -18 years)

As children enter adolescence, they go through big changes – physical, emotional and social. Friends become more important and they may want more privacy.

From building trust to talking about tough topics, this advice will help you and your child navigate the teenage years.

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Your Teen’s Changing Body

Your Teen’s Changing Body

November 30, 2014 by HealthyFamilies BC

The period between childhood and young adulthood is a period of rapid change - physical, emotional, cognitive and social. During this time, children’s bodies change in different ways at different times. No two teenage bodies are the same.
Staying Connected

Staying Connected

November 30, 2014 by HealthyFamilies BC

As teenagers become more independent, they often spend more time away from home. It might also feel like your child is less interested in talking to you. But there are plenty of things you can do to maintain a strong positive relationship and stay connected with your teenager.
Responsibilities

Responsibilities

November 30, 2014 by HealthyFamilies BC

As they learn and develop, children want and need responsibility. It’s an important part of their growth and development. Though it can be hard for you to let go, here are some ideas on finding a balance.
Peer Pressure and Teens

Peer Pressure and Teens

November 30, 2014 by HealthyFamilies BC

Wanting to be more like your friends is a normal part of being a teen. Peer pressure isn’t always a bad thing, but when it causes concern for you or your child, there are things you can do to help manage it.

Keeping Children and Teenagers Active

November 30, 2014 by HealthyFamilies BC

Young people have lots of demands on their time, so finding time to be active can sometimes be a challenge. But physical activity keeps teenage bodies and minds fit and healthy – and during adolescence, your child needs at least 60 minutes of activity every day.
Teen Sibling Conflicts

Teen Sibling Conflicts

November 30, 2014 by HealthyFamilies BC

Sometimes teenagers seem to fight all the time. If you approach these conflicts in a constructive way, you can help your child learn important skills for adult life.
Dealing with Disrespectful Teenage Behaviour

Dealing with Disrespectful Teenage Behaviour

November 30, 2014 by HealthyFamilies BC

Disrespectful or rude behaviour in teenagers is something many parents face at some point. Here are some strategies that can help you manage this kind of behaviour in the meantime.
Confidence in Teenagers

Confidence in Teenagers

November 30, 2014 by HealthyFamilies BC

When teenagers have confidence and resilience, they’re better able to tackle difficult situations and bounce back from tough times. You can help build your child’s confidence by focusing on effort rather than outcomes.
Adolescent bullying, schools and building your child’s resilience

Adolescent Bullying, Schools and Building Your Child’s Resilience

November 30, 2014 by HealthyFamilies BC

Bullying is less common as your child moves through adolescence, but can still be devastating if it happens. It can be helpful to know the signs of bullying, how to help your child build resilience and life skills, and how to work with your child’s school to combat bullying.
Tricky Conversations

Tricky Conversations

November 30, 2014 by HealthyFamilies BC

Many parents feel uncomfortable talking with their teenagers about topics such as sex or drugs. But tricky conversations can give you the opportunity to guide your child towards sensible and responsible decisions.

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