Parenting a teenager can be both challenging and rewarding. Many teens have conflicting feelings about growing up and aren't yet able to gracefully manage these emotions. They can be inconsistent with their affections, argumentative, and at times even hurtful. As your teen struggles with becoming independent, it is natural for him or her to detach from you at times. Remember that your teen still needs you. Although he or she may not ever let on, your unconditional love and guidance are important and valued.
The following suggestions may help you communicate with and support your teenager during a time of uncertainty and change:
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics|
|Last Revised||April 6, 2012|
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