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Chapter 16/17 Activity We all remember being a teenager. And we all remember dealing with our parents as a teenager. However, I doubt many of us have had any experience with our own children going through adolescence. So what should you be aware of, and how can you make this transition as easy as possible? As your child enters adolescence you will notice a variety of changes. While I’m sure the changes we all underwent in puberty are not far from our minds, the effects they had on our parents may be foreign. During this time you will notice that your teen will begin to distance themselves from you. This shift, as well as the granting of independence by caregivers, aids in the proper development of adolescent autonomy. The most important point to keep in mind is the fact that children during this time begin to view their caregivers as “just people” rather than authority figures.
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Unformatted text preview: This issue is significant in the fact that the gap that begins to form can interfere with the guidance that adolescents need during this period of development. There are several steps you can take and many things you should avoid to ensure that the relationship with your teen remains intact and healthy. In providing a warm, supportive environment and placing appropriate demands on your teenager, you aid in the proper development of your child. In addition to this, it is important to still allow your child to explore new ideas and social roles. However, it is vital for parents to avoid being coercive and psychologically controlling as it can cause friction with teenagers. Furthermore, parents must be aware of their own development. During this time, parents are coming to terms with the fact that their own possibilities are diminishing while their children’s potential is endless....
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This note was uploaded on 11/03/2010 for the course ESSE 313 taught by Professor Hecht during the Spring '10 term at Old Dominion.

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