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Families and the Teen Years—
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Parenting is one of the hardest jobs anyone can have no matter how old your child is. Today, we are going to talk about parenting children ages twelve and up.

Let's first talk about what it is like to be a teenager, for it is a confusing time in life. They feel the world is in their hands, but continue to need a parent's love and attention. This can lead to frustration for teens. The most important lesson teenagers need to learn is to identify who they are in this big world and where they fit in.

Teens can think for themselves, but tend not to think as logically as an adult. Remember, your teen is not an adult yet. You can guide him/her in making positive, adult decisions by talking about what is expected. Keep in mind that many teenagers act out when too little is expected of them by their parents.

Reading, Watching and Listening List

Consult your local library to find these resources:

Family Works in Action

Tips for talking with your teen:

Remember

Teens are often moody due to changes in their bodies and friendships. Be patient with them.

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