We usually think of the teen years as a period of major changes in our children. Often overlooked is the fact that parents are also experiencing significant changes of their own. One of the things that makes these changes interesting — and challenging — is that mid-life parents and their teenage children are often changing in ways that are opposite to one another. These diverging paths are one of the reasons why parents and teens frequently don’t see eye-to-eye, causing stress and sometimes even conflict in the family. These differences can also have consequences for how parents relate to their teens. Consider the following areas of development and how parents and teens often differ:
Few topics are so heavily shrouded in mystery and myth as those involving sex and sexuality. When it comes to adolescents' sexual behavior, these mysteries can contribute to a variety of negative outcomes, including unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), among others. Sex…
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