6 Common Issues Your Teenager Might Struggle With
The teenage years are marked by rapid changes in physical appearance, emotions, and interactions. Teens go through various struggles, making this a challenging time for them.
It can be tough for parents to respond to their teens properly. While parents themselves were teens, they probably aren’t too well versed in handling whatever issues their teens face. It could be due to various reasons, including generational divide or simply being out-of-touch.
Either way, there are some common issues your teenager will probably struggle with. In this post, we’ll go over six of them.
Trying to fit in
At this point in a teen’s life, they are becoming acutely aware of what is considered “cool.” Typically, teenagers want to be cool and fit in with their peers.
Teens might look up to celebrities or strive for an idealized body shape or image that they see on television. This can be a huge source of anxiety for teenagers who do not fall into the ideal image of what is beautiful. This pressure may be especially strong for girls, as they are objectified in media and advertisements more than boys are.
As children get older, they sometimes feel like their parents do not “get it.” They think that their parents are too old to understand their feelings or opinions, which can cause a lot of frustration in the household.
If teenagers feel like their parents do not support them in making healthy choices despite all their efforts, it often leaves teenagers feeling frustrated and misunderstood. They might end up feeling disappointed in their parents and start to act rebellious.
Drinking and trying drugs
As children get older, they might experiment with different substances. For teens, alcohol and drugs can often seem like a fun experience. There is a good chance your teenager’s peers may pressure your teen into drinking or taking drugs, especially if they are interested in starting as well. It’s not terribly hard for teens to get drugs or alcohol, either.
If not properly educated about the effects of these substances, teens may end up making some poor decisions while under the influence. It can also be helpful for teenagers to have a strong sense of self-esteem and know how to say “no” to peer pressure.
Sex and relationships
Some teenagers are curious about sex. They might have picked up on how it’s done from various media sources, or they may want to pursue sex with a partner.
Having open communication about sex and sexuality is important between parents and teens, especially if there are concerns about teen pregnancy or STDs. It’s also important for teens to know they don’t have to have sex unless they feel ready.
Pressure to meet high standards
Teens are often under pressure to succeed in terms of academics and sports. This can be due to external factors, such as parents wanting their child to go to a good school or pressuring them into an area where they might excel (such as science or technology). However, sometimes teens feel like they have high expectations put on them they cannot meet, leading to a lot of stress and anxiety.
This can be an even bigger issue for teenagers who do not feel like they excel in one area or another. They may start to feel inadequate and that their parents are disappointed in them.
Not knowing what they want for the future
After high school, there are a lot of choices to make about the future. Often teenagers have not discovered what they want from life, so they try different things to find out what works for them. There may be a lot of pressure from peers or parents about their future, but this can cause a lot of anxiety and stress for teenagers who are not sure what they want to do with their lives.
It can be helpful for teenagers to realize there is no rush, and it’s okay if they take some time to think about their future. It can also help if parents acknowledge this as well and provide support instead of putting pressure on their children.
While these are a few of the most common issues teenagers go through, they will not be going through them alone. It can help to have support from parents and other trusted adults in their lives who understand what they are going through and will be there as a listening ear.