During this stage, teens – age 13 to 18 – are growing in their independence as they head towards adulthood. However, they still need parental attention, guidance, and support. This stage of parenting can have specific challenges. Issues such as social relationships, substance use, sexuality and career planning can be difficult to talk about without someone feeling frustrated, unheard or unhappy. Remember that like all stages before it, the teen years will not last forever and with support, knowledge, and a sense of humour, you can have a fantastic time parenting your teen!
The following links will point you to helpful information about the teen years as well as resources available in the community so you can make the best decisions for your family.