About Confident Teens (11-14yrs)
Teens have so much to deal with that is unique to their generation, as well as all of the adolescent stresses that have been with us for a long time. Pressure from school, family and peers; the pain of cyber-bullying; wanting to be popular; having to make major life choices at a young age – all these things can result in significant stress. If stressful events pile up, the result can be depression. A sense of failure – for instance, after not getting the expected A’s on exams – can also bring on depression, as can experiences of grief brought on by the loss of a friendship, say, or a family breakup. It can be a struggle to support teenagers through times of stress, especially as the teen years are typified by a desire to become independent of parental guidance. However, there are ways to help your teen navigate their own path through the obstacles they face.