HELP THEM STAY HEALTHY
There are many changes that come with the teenage years and they need your guidance. Talk to your teen about staying healthy, puberty, alcohol, sex, stress, eating disorders and hygiene.
These are some of the changes you may see:
Change in Sleep Pattern
What happens? when teens hit puberty there is a biological change in their sleep pattern. They stay up later and they want to sleep in. Don't worry, they are growing.
What to do? Re-assess their day and the extra curricular activities, help them get organized with homework so they can use their free periods at school and their free afternoon to catch up. Compromise on a reasonable time for all electronics to go off. Again, talk to them rather than lecture so they can be part of the process.
What happens? Personal hygiene does not come easy to all teenagers. Neglecting their body can affect their health, like becoming more prone to infections, rashes and acne, but the social reaction can be a lot more painful.
What to do? Don't shame them instead guide them by talking about it, going to the store with them to help them get what they need and work with them in creating a daily routine. Personal hygiene includes:
Daily complete showers - head to toes
Brushing their teeth
Wearing clean clothe
A small bag with extra pads and bathroom wet towels for girls when they are in their period
What happens? Research show that the two ages in our life that we are guaranteed to be stressed are: year one and adolescence (Dr. Rick Hanson). New school, new friends, new responsibilities and puberty are some of the areas that can make our teens stressed.
What to do? Help your teen by being a good role model. Find a cam center for yourself and they will follow. How?
Take a time out: When life gets too stressful because you realize that life is tough or that you are giving to everybody but you, take a time out for yourself.
Breathe: breathing will help you settle down your body. Make the exhales longer and slow. Feel your body taking the air in and out.
Take a walk, or exercise and think about the positive aspects of your life
Talk to someone: a friend, a therapist or a coach. This will allow you to get perspective
Stay connected with your teen. Just because they are getting older it does not mean they don't need you. You are still the expert, you went thru it already, let them know you are available and encourage mature conversations.