The path to adulthood can be a rocky one for your teen, and you want to be there to help. To do that, you’ll need to know what your teen really thinks and feels about his or her life – not just what they say (or don’t say!). Ask them to answer the questions below – their responses will help you better understand your child and navigate them through this tricky time.
What makes you most happy?
a) Getting good grades
b) Doing a good deed or volunteering
c) Supporting a friend
What scares you most about your life right now?
a) The thought of my first day of high school
b) Online or cyber bullying
c) The changes of puberty
Which of these things would you rather give up?
a) Participating in extracurricular activities – I love when my schedule is full!
b) My smartphone – I need to stay connected
c) Chocolate – I have such a sweet tooth
What’s the hardest part of being a teenager?
a) I’m not sure how to build confidence in myself
b) Going back to school after the holidays
c) The emotional ups and downs
Which of these phrases best describes your current state of mind?
a) Stressed, anxious and worried I won’t measure up
b) Bored and frustrated – I just want to be in charge of my own life
c) Mostly content and happy
Your teen likely feels pressure to perform well at school and perhaps feels as if they are underachieving. Remind them that good grades aren’t everything, and reward them for successes along the way – learning is supposed to be fun, and it’s important to acknowledge each milestone as they achieve it. Encourage them to find ways to relax that don’t add more stress to an already anxiety-prone personality.
You have an independent thinker on your hands! Your teen doesn’t like to be contained or limited – they prefer to think for themselves and look forward to making their own way in the world. They have a strong independent streak, and a philanthropic one, too. Don’t crowd this personality, but remind them instead that you’re a loving, non-judgmental source of support if they need you.
Your teen seems pretty well adjusted to the rollercoaster ride of adolescence. They instinctively know that strong friendships are the bedrock of a happy life, and they appear to understand that physical and emotional changes do, eventually, even out.
Regardless of what type of teen you have, bolstering their confidence is a must. Talk to your teen about caring for themselves physically to boost their independence. If you have a daughter, chat with her about the best products to use during her period so she feels confident about going about her normal daily life, whatever time of the month it is. Introduce her to Always Radiant Teen Pads with Wings – which protect during every activity, from sleep to sport – for extra peace of mind. If you have a son, talk to him about boosting his confidence through self-care. Old Spice Invisible Spray Antiperspirant and Deodorant goes on invisible to help protect against sweat and odor for up to 48 hours, while Gillette Fusion ProGlide razors provide incredible comfort, even for daily use and sensitive skin.
How do you connect with your teen? We’d love to hear about it – share your comments below.