We live in a very competitive world today. We have so many challenges to face. This piece will help you to understand the lives and the concerns of teenagers. This will also give you a chance to understand the problems of your teenage children better and be more sensitive to their needs and problems. Parenting today has become a huge challenge. Most parents of the teenage children will tell you that they do not understand their teens. So, in this write up, we will be enlightening the public and parents on ten most important problems which teenage children are facing.
Here are some of the top 10 problems teenagers face
i. Drugs: This is a common problem that most of teens face today. They could be addicted to drugs due to a number of reasons. Mostly it is due to peer pressure. If the parents don’t have time for these kids then the problem only becomes more serious. So do not blame your child if you catch him or her taking drugs. Give them the help and the support they need. It is also equally important that you explain them how drugs can be dangerous and must be avoided.
ii. Study pressure: Teenagers today are under a lot of study pressure from both their teachers and parents. They have to get good grades so that they get into a good college. You must talk to the child and see the problems that they are facing. Many teenagers under pressure tend to cheat and if caught they have to face very bad consequences. This can make the kids rebellious and also less disciplined. The parents must understand that not all children can get the best grades. They must be more understanding to the kids and their ability. You must allow the child to bring out the best in him/her and not get pressurized to perform.
iii. Pressure in a relationship: Many teenagers today are in relationships. This may also include physical involvement with a person. When teenagers are involved in unsafe sex it can lead to pregnancy and also other sexually transmitted diseases. You must be very strong as a parent when you need to deal with a situation like this. You must never blame the child or hit him or her. You must explain to them the pros and cons of arelationship and how they must deal with it. As a parent it may be more difficult if you do not share a very friendly relationship with the child. Some teenagers who are heart broken in love can get really depressed and even try to commit suicide. These cases are on the rise and we must advise the parents to be very careful to deal with a situation like this.
iv. Constant need to look good: Many teenagers today suffer from body image problem. They spend a huge sum of money on clothes and the way they are looking but at the end of it they are never satisfied. Not all the teenagers can look gorgeous as a result the others who do not have a great figure and looks start to feel depressed and become introverts. They don’t make friends and like to stay at home as they are too fat and not attractive enough to get a date. Some also blame their parents for the dark skin or for not taking care of their diet as children. You may feel really upset to see this form of your child and also feel very dejected. However, you must understand that the child is frustrated and needs your help. If the child is very upset never leave him/her alone. Just listen to all that he/she has to say till he/she calms down. Leaving them alone can be a big mistake.
v. Constant pressure to excel in all aspects of life: As a teenager, everyone wants to be the best in all the activities so that the other kids in school admire them and look up to them. However, there are a lot of problems that come with this will to be the best. Many children stress themselves much more they can or they should. They spend hours studying or working too hard. As a result they may become restless and also fall sick. The parents must take good care of the child and see what exactly the child is doing. Parents must tell the kids to relax along with all the hard work that they are putting in.
This is one reason why many students get stress attacks and also may suffer from high pressure at times. It has become common to find stress related health problems in the teenagers. The parents are also equally responsible for this plight of the students as they put undue pressure on the children to perform which is not good for them.
vi. Uncertainty about the future: Most teenagers are not sure as to what life holds forthem. Which college they will get in and what will be the career that they will be making is uncertain as a result students often feel depressed and are found lost or day dreaming. Some of them are very confused on what they should do and what career they should make. As a parent and teacher, you must give advice to students and show them the way. If the child needs career counseling then you must provide that. One more reason for teenagers being stressed is that they want to pursue a profession but their parents may have a different dream for them. This conflict in vision and desires can also make the life of students difficult.
vii. Drinking and smoking: A common concern that all teenagers face is drinking and smoking. If teenagers are found drinking and smoking they must be dealt with sensitively. As a parent you must be aware that your child will drink and smoke as this is normal. However, if they are into too much of these then you must take action and deal with the problem. You can also send them to a rehabilitation centre. Teenagers may feel the need to smoke and drink due to the pressure that they are in from their friends and peers.
viii. Depression: All the points that we have mentioned above can lead to depression in teenagers. If you go by the statistics you will be surprised to see the number of teenagers who suffer from depression. The number is only increasing. The depression in teenagers is not a good sign as it can ruin the future if the teenagers. The worst part is that the teenager may not know how exactly he or she is going to deal with the depression. This only increases the magnitude of the problem more. The cause of depression can be personal as well as academic. As a teenager mood swings are common and natural. However, if the depression continues for too long then it can be quite dangerous and painful for the child as well as for the parents. You must take the child to psychiatrists because teenagers trying to commit suicide are very common across the world.
ix. Addiction to the social network: Social networking has become the necessity in the life of the teenagers. If you check the internet you will see how teenagers are addicted to the net. They also invite unnecessary trouble because of this and also get followed by stalkers. This can lead to a lot of crimes against the teenagers. They are so addicted at times that they spend whole night updating their details on the sites. They do not sleep well and cannot even concentrate on their studies as a result they suffer a lot in all the aspects of life. This has become one of the most common problems that the teenagers face today and cannot even get rid of.
x. Eating disorders: This is a problem that is more common with the teenage girls. They fear that they will become fat as a result they do not eat at all. Due to this they suffer from anemia and anorexia. They become too thin and weak as a result they develop a lot of health related complexities. This is a common problem that teenagers all across the world are facing. Teenage boys on the other hand have the habit of eating lot of junk. They do not have any discipline and either they skip a meal or overeat at times. As a parent, you can force your kids to eat healthy but when it becomes difficult to make them eat things that are healthy for them, they may suffer seriously.