Caring for Your Teens (14 – 18)

Developmental characteristics:

  • Concerned about body and appearance
  • Highly developed motor skills
  • Worry about clumsiness, illness and diet
  • Think abstractly
  • Learn by doing
  • Less influenced by parents, more influenced by peers
  • Need and demand more freedom and privacy
  • Mask true feelings
  • Need praise and adult recognition
  • Admire heroes that demonstrate characteristics of friendship and romance
  • Recognize diversity of idea

Supporting actions and activities:

  • Presentations that involve appearance and projects that involve physical heroes
  • Opportunities to discuss and address physical risk, including physical heroism, smoking, drugs, drinking, and sexual activity
  • Opportunities to tutor younger children
  • Opportunities to show competence in a public setting
  • Teamwork on projects in small and large groups as well as individually
  • Substantial choice with clear limits
  • Opportunities to express feelings through projects and activities
  • One-on-one opportunities to talk with adults
  • Loud and quiet areas and activities
  • Discussions of diverse ideas and opinions with adults and peers
  • Specific help with skill areas that are causing problems
  • Opportunities to catch up or move ahead with academic interests
  • Opportunities to work on school day projects an papers with library and Internet support
  • Problem-solving and reasoning skills practice

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