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The relationships that teenagers experience will affect them in their future lives. These relationships bring about happiness, sadness, and even depression. Teens should try to build healthy, trusting relationships with those close to them. These will help them to grow and to become a better, well-rounded person. Healthy, future relationships rely on the relationships that a teen experiences with family, friends, and the opposite sex.
During adolescence many teens become distant from their families, especially their parents. Spending time with their friends becomes more frequent and is abnormal if this does not occur. Parents need to be there for their teen(s) at any time. To maintain a good, close relationship parents must build a relationship where their teen can feel comfortable to come and talk to them about anything, good or bad. This support and encouragement is very important to a teen's psychological growth. To ensure that the relationship does not become dysfunctional and that it gains a feeling of being comfortable, parents and teens should be aware of each others' feelings. This means that they should know each other's joys and what causes them pain. Parents are the most important role model in a teen's life. A parent's behavior rubs off onto their child and many times parents are unaware of this (Orvin 81-109). They must set a good example and teach them what is right and wrong. A pare!
nt's love and trust are the most significant things that they can show their children. Their love and trust gives their teen respect and love for themselves. It is normal for there to be many conflicts during this time of adolescence between teens and their parents, the key is to have open communication and trust. Many of these conflicts occur from rules about curfew, friends, and dating.
Many teenagers are very rebellious during this time in their lives. When a parent shows discouragement in their choice of mate, often the teen tends to date this person just to upset their parents. Parents should be understanding and supportive of their teen's mate. When a teen does decide to bring their boyfriend/girlfriend home to meet their parents they are mainly looking for acceptance. They should show interest in these relationships but must always make sure not to intrude. This may cause an uncomfortable state between both parent and teen. While showing interest a parent should make sure they know who their teen is dating, where they are going, and must never accuse their teen of relating dating to sex (Steinberg and Levine 337). Sex is a very hard thing for parents and teens to discuss together. It is an emotional subject, and what is said or not said may affect a teens own experiences and attitudes (Fenwick and Smith 120). Parents should inform their teens !
so that they are safe, but they should also let them take on their own responsibilities and make their own decisions. It is wise for parents to allow their teen(s) to have a relationship. These experiences will help their teen develop to understand themselves better and the opposite sex. Parents should also be interested in the friends of their teen and get to know them. Friends are very important in a teens life.
"Throughout adolescence children become less 'family-centered' and more 'friend-centered.' Friends start to play a new and much larger part in their lives, and friendships teach valuable lessons" (Fenwick and Smith 97). Friendship plays a huge role in a teen's life. Many times these relationships are more meaningful than those with family or a boyfriend/girlfriend. Due to the many experiences of different friendships, a best friend(s) is usually gained. This friend is a person that the teen can trust and feels comfortable to tell anything to. Most of the time girls need a best friend more than boys. Girls need someone to share their most secret thoughts and feelings (97
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