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A Teenager Is A Toddler In Big Kids Clothing

Posted on: October 12, 2015


Being a parent is a constant learning curve – you think you have got the hang of it and then your child reaches another stage of development and everything goes lopsided again.  When children are very young this happens almost every six

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months starting with the disruption when weaning begins.  We do get a reprieve, sort of, between the ages of six and eleven where your child is emotionally balanced and satisfied with just being loved, cared for and getting toys they want.  However the hormonal changes that occur during adolescence can suddenly change a contented happy children into one who needs to rebel against everything they once accepted willingly.  Rebellion is a natural part of growing up because it is an evolutionary attempt to do things differently from your parents so that you can improve your lot in life.

As parents we have to understand that teenagers are going through another milestone and although they are not dinky and cute wearing nappies, they still need us to protect them. During puberty a child’s body transforms into an adult body but their brains are still not fully developed.  Teenagers are very vulnerable at this stage because the image they portray is far more mature than the child inside.  An adolescent child becomes a pack animal that likes to trawl the streets at night looking for excitement, they would rather hang out in the cold with their mates than stay at home with their boring parents. The only real way that we can ensure teenagers’ safety is by providing safe places for them to go without telling them to go there.

In January this year Playdale playgrounds Ltd wrote an article about Teenage shelters. Playdale reported that Thames Valley Police found that  appropriately located teenage shelters resulted in a reduction of graffiti and crime in the vicinity of the shelter.  Although a teenage shelter is not a total solution to teenage crime it can allow teenagers to hang out safely away from street corners.  Teenage shelters located near sports fields can actively encourage teenagers to follow local sporting events and, if it is not too uncool, may inspire them to take up a sport.

Ideally (and I say that without any experience) we need to fortify our children with lots of interests and hobbies so that they are not inclined to hang out aimlessly.  However the results of puberty are unpredictable and your little cutie may turn into a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle when their hormones start raging.

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I have got about five years to go before the first strains of adolescence strikes and I dread the battle of wills and the conflict, which is inevitable.  I will be buying teenager books – just like baby books and hope that there is a proper instruction manual!

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