Being a parent can be challenging, frustrating and rewarding. As your child grows up your relationship with them can change.

Relationships with young people who are experiencing puberty can be difficult with constant mood swings and arguments. At this time teenagers experience a rollercoaster of emotions which impact on every aspect of their lives, physically, emotionally, mentally and socially. This can lead to tensions within the house hold leaving family members distressed.

During puberty friendships are very important to young people and peers can often have far more influence than the views of parents and carers. As a result parents and carers can be left feeling frustrated and rejected when a troubled young person chooses to confide in a friend over them.

Giving a young person space, to assert their independence, whilst also being available to listen can be difficult, but it is a good place to start.


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