The key to survival is knowledge! Knowledge of what makes adolescents tick, what’s happening physically and mentally, of the confusion, explosive sexuality, intense crushes and disruption of relationships between parent and teen.
The material in thispost will make the journey from twelve to twenty (and beyond) more understandable and hopefully less painful. With understanding and knowledge, adolescence can be fun for both teens and their parents. So with this optimistic possibility as a starting point, let’s begin.
Adolescence begins with a well-defined, maturational event, puberty, and ends in a more nebulous manner. Chronologically, the end of adolescence is usually defined by the attainment of age 20. But as many parents know, as do those of us who never really want to grow up, adolescent themes and behavior can be found in any age group.
In a simplified manner adolescence may be defined as those years in which the mind catches up to the body and learns to deal with the profound physical, sexual and psychological changes which have taken place.