Living with Young People
They say being a parent is the toughest job in the world. For some, it can certainly feel that way as your children get older and then move into the teenage years. Young people’s behaviour can be baffling, stressful, hurtful and often worrying. But in most cases it doesn’t mean that there is anything more serious going on than the natural process of becoming an adult. Many of the common behaviour issues that parents find hard are an essential part of growing up. Other behaviours, however, are a sign that all is not well. And when you have further pressures in your life, such as other children, work, relationships, family commitments, illness, it can feel as though your teenager is going to push you over the edge. On this page you will find a range of information resources to help on the following topics:
|About Teenagers||Peer Pressure||Bullying||Cyber Safety||Child Mental Health|
|Young People: Feelings & Depression||Young People: Alcohol & Drugs||Young People who are Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual||Disruptive Disorders||Autism Spectrum Disorder|
Young people also go through rapid physical and emotional changes in their teenage years. Their ‘brain wiring’ changes and they have a strong need to experience new things and be accepted by their peers. There can be emotional ups and downs and challenges to deal with. Talking with your teen and showing you ‘really hear’ them can help keep you connected during these years. They still need your love and guidance even if it doesn’t seem like it at times.
← Open this information resource for more information on adolescent development, how you can help your teen, and what to do to hep manage any conflict with your teen.
Peer groups are groups of friends of about the same age, often with similar interests. We all belong to a range of peer groups at different times throughout life. Peer pressure is the influence a group has on its members to fit into a particular way of thinking and acting. The influence of peer groups increases as children move into adolescence. They can have a very positive influence, and they may also influence young people in ways you don’t like.
← Open this information resource to find out more about peer pressure, its benefits and problems, how to reduce the negative effects of peer pressure, and how best to support your child throughout this period.
Bullying is verbal, emotional or physical abuse which is repeated and intended to hurt, frighten or threaten someone. It is a form of violence and a way of having power over others. Bullying can happen to any child or teenager anywhere, at any time. Parents can help by listening, believing and supporting children, and by making sure all children know that bullying is wrong and can be stopped.
← Open this information resource to find out more about bullying and how to help your child if they are being bullied or are bullying.
The online world is part of everyday life for many children and young people. It is a huge virtual playground where they can play, learn and socialise. It can be accessed by computers, mobile phones and other electronic devices.
Parents can help children get the most from the online world by being involved from the start and helping them learn how to stay safe. You don’t have to be an expert. Knowing where to find things out and get help is what’s important.
← Open this information resource to find out more about the online world for children, cyber safety, and some smart times to keep your children safety online.
Child Mental Health
Children’s mental health is just as important as their physical health. While most children cope well with life’s ups and downs, sometimes parents may notice their child’s behaviour is unusual or different from other children the same age. A child may often be distressed or behave differently from how they have in the past. Changes may be gradual or may happen quite suddenly – either way it is a sign that your child needs help and support.
← Open this information resource to find out more about mental health issues for children, what causes mental health problems, what you should keep an eye out for, and things you can do to help prevent.
Young People: Feelings & Depression
Young people’s lives can be complex. They are dealing with many changes as they grow up. Their bodies are changing and they are forming their own identity and place in the world. They are working out how to get along with friends and family.
← Open this information resource to find out more about young people’s feelings, how they deal with them, how you can help, and what depression looks like for young people.
Young People: Alcohol & Drugs
Many parents worry about whether their son or daughter is using illegal drugs and what they should do about it. They worry about drugs such as cannabis, heroin, ecstasy and ice or speed (methamphetamine). It is important to know that most harm to young people comes from using legal substances such as alcohol, tobacco and medicines.
← Open this information resource to find out more about alcohol and drug use and addiction among young people, and the role parents can play in keeping their children safe from the risks of all substance misuse.
Young People who are Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual
The teenage years can bring lots of change for children and parents. Children are working out who they are, and dealing with relationships and sexuality. For some, working out their feelings towards others and whether they are gay, lesbian or bisexual might be an extra pressure to deal with. All children and young people want to feel accepted and that they belong regardless of their sexuality.
← Open this information resource to find out more about young people and sexuality, what it means to ‘come out’, how parents respond, and how to support your child throughout this process.
Disruptive Disorders are what health professionals call the problems our children are having when they have difficulty in following the rules that most other children accept. Disruptive disorders are beyond normal naughtiness. They are relatively easy to identify because they involve behaviours that are readily seen such as temper tantrums and physical aggression.
← Open this information resource to find out the signs symptoms and behaviours related to each of these disruptive disorders.
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects, among other things, the way an individual relates to his or her environment and their interaction with other people. The word ‘spectrum’ describes the range of difficulties that people on the autism spectrum may experience and the degree to which they may be affected.
← Open this information resource to find out more about Autism Spectrum Disorders.