Forget The Terrible Twos, Think About The Terrifying Teens


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 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.

Dangerous Substances

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, 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.

Mental Health

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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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8 thoughts on “Forget The Terrible Twos, Think About The Terrifying Teens

  1. Such a timely post. It is true that raising teenagers are one of the scariest phases a parent can go through. I guess I would consider myself fortunate that me and my kids breezed through the teenage years without any major issues. There were a few heartbreaks that I had to help the kids get over with and that’s it. I will share this post with my youngest sister. Her two children are 15 and 13 and she’s at wits end.

  2. I had no idea kids could get depression so easily. I have three grown kids, and the teens were a little challenging for each in different ways. It was the 20-something years that almost killed me though. 😉 🙂 They’re completely independent and can do what they want…it’s scary if they get reckless (fast bikes, stunts, etc.).

  3. My kids are only 9 right now, but I can only imagine how things will be later on when they become teenagers. This post is one that I will keep in mind as they grow and mature. I am hoping that the quality time I spend with them will go well.

  4. I definitely think about when my kids would be teenagers. It is a scary world right now we live in right now. I can’t imagine it in about 10 years.

  5. I have pretty great kids and 3 of the 5 are teens now. It is scary times and makes anyone worry about what may happen or what they may fall into when with friends. My kids pretty much stick to many church activities and love the things the church group does together. I am pretty fortunate so far.

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