The teenage age is an important transition between a child and a young adult. Physical changes as the body grows make many teenagers concerned about changes in size, weight and shape. In addition, a teenager begins to develop unique personality traits that affect his emotional and social behavior. When the adolescent develops a clear sense of identity, parents can play an important role in developing their personality by understanding the various changes that their growing child experiences.
Physical changes that can affect personality
Girls physically mature before children and often feel confused about their changing body. Teenagers are prone to eating disorders due to a bad body image of themselves. This can have further effects on your personality and peer relationships.
Emotional and social changes in a teenager
A teenager starts:
- Develop an interest in the opposite sex
- Finding the independence of parental control, which often leads to conflict
- Spend more time with your friends and teenagers
- Develop the ability to make deeper and more intimate relationships
- Changes in thought process and learning
- A teenager begins to develop his ability to learn more complex tasks, and thinks about options related to his future, such as higher education and career. That’s because they have to provide a reason and logic for every action they take.
Tips for parents to enable healthy personality development
It can also be a difficult time for the parents. Suddenly your sweet child begins to show new functions and no longer runs to them for help. There are more conflicts now.
Parents can play an important role in shaping a teenager’s personality to become a physically, mentally and emotionally healthy adult. Let’s see how:
Keeping communication open
Parents should talk openly with their teenage children and talk about negative behaviors and let them know that they care about their feelings. Adolescents may not be receptive to “instruction,” but they will appreciate their parents discussing a topic by explaining the implications of an action, and the teenager making the right choice.
Involving the teen in social and extracurricular activities
Parents should encourage their young children to participate in community events as well as to optimize the voluntary activities such as sports, art, music, etc.
Letting teenagers know that parents care
Teenagers may not be willing to share all their feelings with their parents as they did when they were kids, but they would appreciate their parents being there when they have them. This means that a teenager can count on him if he has problems. Young adults also appreciate that their parents respect their opinion.
Encouraging the ability to resolve conflicts independently
Parents need to help their teenage children use their own judgment, make decisions, and give advice when needed.
Encouraging healthy habits
Parents can encourage teens to eat healthily, play sports and get enough sleep and use digital media safely. Diving into the world of social networking and games provides a safe haven for adolescents with emotional and social problems, but parents can help their children make good decisions about internet time, junk food and being active.