Let’s face it, it isn’t easy being a teenager in today’s society. Twenty years ago, it was still difficult, but there wasn’t the constant bombardment of bullying from social media and the stress to be cooler than the next person. Additionally, sex crimes attorneys were not as busy as they are today, although that horrible part of society still exists.
To help your teen survive their awkward years, here are 5 golden pieces of advice you can give them that may ease their mind and actually help them from day to day.
- You Are Not Alone
Although your teen may feel as if they are the only one experiencing anxiety or stress, they are not. You could share with them stories about your own “teen-hood” in which there were times you were stressed or feeling as if you were the only one in your circle experiencing something unusual or scary.
Teens seem to forget that their parents were once teens and experienced some of the same issues.
- Do Not Overshare
Since the age of the Internet and social media, the desire to share everything is strong. Talk to your teen about how oversharing or posting every little thing about their life is not a good idea. Everyone reading their posts is not going to feel the same way about a subject and it could cause people to be mean and unfair about the most trivial thing.
- Be Your Self
This advice may not be met with a smile and an open heart, but it is good advice. Being different and/or unique is an honor in this day and age. More people are tolerant of someone who is different and even accepting of them into their circle of friends. Tell your teen to honor their own heart and be who they are. They do not have to be anyone else to fit in or be loved.
- Don’t Be Afraid to Say “No”
Many teens feel they need to say “yes” to every opportunity, which is part of being young and a people pleaser. Saying “no” to something will not harm anyone. It actually shows others that you are able to prioritize your life and interests. Your teen does not owe anyone an explanation for their choices, so saying “no” to a request for time or their efforts should not put stress on them.
- Ask For Help
Being a teenager in today’s age of Covid-19, where social distancing and online schools are the norms, could become overwhelming. Tell your teen it is okay to ask for help. Let them know that you are always available to talk, and then be available. Your teen may think that you will give them biased advice since you are their parent. If that is the case, you can offer them the option to go to a professional for non-bias help. If they are worried about people knowing they are getting professional help, let them know that it is a private matter and will remain that way.
The best advice you can give your teen is to tell them to accept your love and help. That you will always be there for them, and then do just that.