When parents speak about the worst years of raising a child, they often talk about the terrible twos. Ah yes, those times where kids regularly drop to the floor kicking their legs in the air in the middle of the superstore. You’re left red-faced and have to usher them quietly to the car. Or rather, drag them there. Believe it or not, though, the terrible twos are nothing compared to the terrifying teens. Any parent of a teenager can attest to this.
Before you get the wrong idea, we’re not saying that teenagers are hard to parent. They are, but what makes the teenage years truly frightening is the trouble teens can get into often without your knowledge. Here are some of the problems, the signs that your child could be affected and what you can do.
The Weird Web
Have you heard of the site Omegle? We promise you don’t want to but if you’re curious take a look at https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread. It’s just one of the various, completely unregulated sites where anyone can talk to complete strangers. You might be surprised to learn teens frequent sites like this and if that wasn’t enough an alarming number of teens are using dating apps like Tinder. You can deal with this danger in a number of ways. Don’t bother blocking down the internet with child controls because they’ll just use the laptop of a friend with more trusting parents. Instead, you can arrange to monitor your child’s internet usage and get a report every month. Now, the idea is that you don’t need to actually read the report. Simply letting them know it exists should keep them safe online. You can also block some of the more dangerous apps on their phone. After all, you’re probably paying the phone bill.
How can you trust kids to be sensible with substances when they do things like this?
The tide pod challenge should actually be the least of your worries. Let’s not even mention the latest trend and instead move onto the fact that a lot of kids do start experimenting with illegal substances at a young age. You’d honestly be amazed how many parents find themselves researching treatment solutions like https://www.rehabclinic.org.uk/treatment/alcohol-detox/, for their young teens. The best way to handle this is watch for signs that your child might be experimenting. Bloodshot eyes are one of the biggest giveaways. You can avoid the situation completely if you encourage an open, honest relationship where they know they can tell you if they try anything like this.
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We’re talking about teens, but it’s worth pointing to a worrying report here. Children between three and eight can develop depression. By the time they reach teenage years depression can take a range of different forms. Self-harm is a massive issue with 1 in 12 teenagers effected and is more common in teen girls. Why this happens is being studied right now. It could be stress, depression, peer pressure or bullying. There’s a large social group online that glorify self-harm and see it as some form of art. However, it’s important to realize that it’s actually an addiction like any other. As long as you have an open relationship with your child, you can deal with it together.
Hopefully, this sheds some light on why the teenage years or so terrifying for parents and this advice helps you handle some of the larger issues you may face.
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