Health experts advice what teens really need to know

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Health experts advice what teens really need to know

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The teenage years can be a cause of worry in itself for parents of teenaged children. What current studies are saying is that there is cause for a reason and that the causes are hardwired to adolescents’ genes and brains.

Countless studies have attempted to demystify the restlessness and the thrill-seeking behavior prevalent during puberty. Among the explanations that appear to resound are the following:

•Risk-taking and the feeling of excitement that comes with it are amplified during adolescence

•The strong emotions to go out there and explore have evolutionary origins, pushing a teenager to seek survival away from his or her parents and build his or her own family

•There is, in general, confusion over a teenager’s role, whether he or she is a child or an adult

What parents need to talk to their teenaged kids about

Communicating with a teenager can be hard enough, and capturing their attention to even want to sit down and talk, even more. As a parent or guardian, however, you have the responsibility of teaching and showing your teenager the right way, even if you are fully aware that he will be making his own decisions and carving out his own destiny soon anyway.

When you could finally get yourself together to attempt a one-on-one, heart-to-heart talk with your teenage kids, here are the subjects you would like to touch on:

1. The changes that can be expected throughout adolescence. Talk to a young lady about her first menstrual period and what can be expected from this major change, including pregnancy. Talk to a young man about what physical changes he can expect, including his ability of fathering a baby. Talk to your child about possible changes in appearance, including acne and how a treatment like Cosmelan can help.

2. Talk your teenager out of sex. Tell your child that it’s normal to have sexual feelings at this stage but that until he or she fully understands the differences between sex, conceiving a child, and parenting a child, that sex is best delayed. Teach your child what sexual abuse is, how to avoid it and why he or she should seek help from you when his or her sexual boundaries has been violated.

3. Let your child know that you will always love him or her no matter what. Add to that, reassure your child that your home will always be a safe haven for them —a place where they can always find love, support and hope and where they should not feel they will ever be judged or scolded. Of course, it will be easier for your child to understand what you’re saying if you’ve made them feel loved unconditionally long before your child became a teenager.

4. Teach your child not to be bullied around. Even if you’ve raised a street smart and confident child, the many uncertainties of puberty brings about so much confusion as well as the human tendency around this time to form herds and cliques, in effect, this may cause your child to desire to please others so that they may be welcomed into a particular community. Remind your child that he or she is unique, and do not need the approval of people who cannot appreciate who he or she really is.

5. Talk about the risks and hazards associated with drugs and alcohol abuse. Talk to your child about the real risks associated with these addictive substances, including its potential personal and social impacts to your child’s life. That includes having addiction problems, developing mental illness and other diseases, proximity to violence, and commitment of crimes.

6. Tell your child to put premium on his or her health. Teenagers generally feel that they are invincible during puberty. In some ways and for some years, they are. Without properly caring for one’s health though, it’s only a matter of time before the problems start setting in.

7. Reiterate the rules and your child’s responsibility to follow these. Rules are rules, there should not be any excuse nor exemptions. Remind your child of his or her obligation to follow.


Communication may sound simplistic but certainly most especially not when you’re attempting to talk to a teenager. Keep in mind that it’s not enough that you tell your teenager this 7 pointers. You should be able to convey all 7 everyday with clarity and consistency so as to earn the trust and respect — and obedience — of your teenager.



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