Transitions & Teens: A Guide For Parents
Change is a natural part of life, but that doesn't make it any easier, especially for teens. Studies show that adolescents who haven't tried drugs or alcohol are more likely to start during times of transition in order to cope with stress. Even life events that are typical and expected, such as starting puberty or moving up a grade, may feel like a big deal to your tween or teen. By knowing what transitions usually affect kids the most and why, it will be easier for you to recognize the situations that can be emotionally difficult for your child. This guide was developed to help you keep your child healthy and happy during transition periods. It describes some of the common transitions that teens experience and explains why they are tough for young people. It also outlines the reasons why teens use drugs during transitions and provides a checklist of steps you can take the next time your child experiences a dramatic change. Finally, it offers talking points you can use to start a conversation with your teen if you've recently lost your job or have had to make changes to your family's lifestyle.