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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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Teen Privacy and Trust

Teen Privacy and Trust

November 30, 2014 by HealthyFamilies BC

The desire for more privacy is a natural part of adolescence. At the same time, teenagers still need your support to make good decisions. Trust is the key to finding a balance between your child’s need for privacy and your need to know what’s going on.
Resilience: Helping Your Teenager Cope With Challenges

Resilience: Helping Your Teenager Cope With Challenges

November 30, 2014 by HealthyFamilies BC

When young people are resilient, they cope better with difficult situations. They ‘bounce back’ when things go wrong. Young people need resilience to navigate life’s ups and downs, so building resilience is an important part of adolescent development.
Social and Emotional Changes in Adolescence

Social and Emotional Changes in Adolescence

November 30, 2014 by HealthyFamilies BC

Adolescence is a time of big social and emotional development for your child. It helps to know what to expect and how to support your child through the changes.
Teenage Friendships

Teenage Friendships

November 30, 2014 by HealthyFamilies BC

As children enter the teenage years, friends become increasingly important. Positive, accepting and supportive friendships help teens develop towards adulthood.

Alcohol and Youth

November 3, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

Young people often develop drinking patterns like those of the adults in their lives, so prevention should start early and in your home. Remember, teens aren't always likely to ask about what binge drinking really is (and its dangers).
Physical Activity for Youth

Physical Activity for Youth

January 9, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

Being active helps you relax and sleep better by relieving stress and tension. It builds stamina and improves focus and concentration during school.

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