- Body changes / Body image
- Social status and related issues
- Increased school workload and pressure
- Worries about the future
- Complicated issues facing teens, such as sex, drugs and friends possibly involved in illegal mischief
- Overload of options and decisions to be made
With all of this going on through a long school day, it’s easy to understand the need for a midday pick-me up of, “Remember me? I’m on your side.”
Since we’re talking about teenagers after all, leaving the mushy side out of things is an absolute must. You can show love, concern and support without being, heaven forbid, an embarrassing parent. Read through the suggested examples below to get a feel of what might be appropriate.
- “Only 14 days left until the _______ concert!”
- “I hope you’re having a great day – talk to you later.”
- “Family dinner out today, see you there.”
- “Your favorite muffins are on the table. Enjoy your snack later.”
- “Keep doing your best. I’m so proud of you!”
Got it? I’m here, I’m thinking of you, you mean the world to me and I’ve got your back. Because a teen should never feel he or she is facing the world alone.