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5 Common Problems

Let’s face it: being a teenager is hard.

We’ve all been there, and sometimes we forget just how tough things got from time to time. Because of the hormonal changes that your teen is going through, they may begin to act out on occasion.

It’s one thing to occasionally be argumentative, and it’s another to begin skipping class and engaging in illegal activity.

As a parent, it’s important to notice any changes in your teen’s behavior so that you can find the root of the issue and address them as quickly as possible.

Not sure what to keep an eye out for? Don’t worry, we’ve compiled a list of five common teenage behavior problems.

Let’s take a look.

1. Anger Issues

Everyone gets mad sometimes. It’s completely normal. What isn’t normal, however, is anger that’s excessive or unwarranted.

For example, it’s common for a teen to be stressed about upcoming tests or projects and express those feelings. However, if your teen consistently displays anger and refuses to discuss their issues, you may need to have them sit down and talk with you.

Remaining calm during these times of increased tension is your best option, as acting aggressively toward them may make the situation worse. Furthermore, encourage them to express the source of their frustration rather than keeping it inside and letting it simmer.

The more the two of you communicate, the better off you both will be.

2. Mood Swings

Mood swings are common in teenagers simply due to the fact that their bodies are undergoing so many changes at once.

They may be happy and full of laughter one moment, and then feel gloomy the next.

As with increased aggression, a teen’s mood swings may seem to arise out of nowhere. Unlike anger issues, though, these are often more unpredictable and may have no apparent cause.

The best thing to do in this situation is to understand how volatile they are in these moments and try your best to listen. Validation is often the key to calming distraught teenagers down.

3. Increased Time with Questionable Friends

Socializing is a crucial part of teenage development. As your teen cultivates friendships and romantic relationships, they’ll begin to develop the necessary communication skills and self-awareness that will help them succeed in the professional world.

Furthermore, friend groups are often used as a way for teenagers to discover their own identity. People of similar interests often naturally congregate together.

However, problems can quickly arise when your teen starts hanging out with the wrong crowd. While you may not always understand your child’s friends and why they act the way they do, there are certain types of friends they need to avoid.

These include those that pressure your teen into sex, illegal activity, or making poor life decisions (such as skipping class).

When confronting your teen about the people they hang out with, it’s important not to make any assertions about their appearance. It’s common for people of that age to appear crass but still be great companions for your child.

Voice your concerns with their behavior and not so much who their friends are. If you feel like your child has completely changed since joining a particular group, try your best to make them realize how they’ve been behaving.

4. Decreased Communication

As your kid enters their teenage years, it’s common for them to tell you less and less about what’s going on in their lives. They might start locking their doors more often, going over to friend’s houses, or otherwise not communicating with you as much as they used to.

This in itself isn’t an issue, as teenagers need more privacy as their personalities and social networks develop. The time to be concerned is when your teen seems to barely talk to you about anything.

If you make it known to your teen that you’re concerned about their behavior and they still won’t open up to you, there may be another reason for concern. However, until they tell you, all you can do is let them know you’re available if they need to talk.

5. Risky Behavior

The other four behavioral issues are reasons to be concerned, but none of them require immediate intervention in your teen’s life.

Risky behavior, however, is a teenage behavior problem needs your immediate attention.

As your teen gets older, it’s normal for them to try new activities. They will often want to attend parties or other social gatherings, especially once they start driving.

The time to step in is when if you find out your teen is consuming drugs, alcohol, or having unprotected sex. These behaviors are extremely easy to become addicted to and can leave your child with consequences that vastly complicate their future.

Some drugs can lead to overdose and death. Alcohol can cause liver damage and even result in a DUI. Unprotected sex carries the risk of unwanted pregnancy and STDs.

As you can see, the only good thing about this type of behavior is that it’s preventable by educating your teen about the dangers.

If you discover your teen is indulging in risky behavior, you need to schedule a time where you sit down with them one-on-one and tell them how you feel about it. You should also aim to discover the root of the problem, whether it be experimentation or peer pressure.

If that doesn’t work, though it may be time to seek treatment.

Teenage Behavior Problems Aren't the End of the World.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be concerned. You can accomplish a lot by just talking to your teen, and that’s something you should strive to do if you feel concerned about their attitude or actions.

Want to learn about other behaviors you should watch out for in your teen? Check out our blog!

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