Adolescence is the transitional stage of development which is usually associated with the teenage years. In 2018, the Australian Curriculum Assessment Authority redefined adolescence as affecting young people aged between ten to twenty-four years old. During this time, they can experience rapid physical, cognitive and psychosocial growth which affects how teenagers feel, think, make decisions and interact with the world around them.
During adolescence, a child's brain can be considered as being 'under construction'. The rate at which this progresses will vary, depending on the individual and also their gender. As a result, some parents may view adolescence as stressful or difficult. Setting boundaries, implementing consistent monitoring, and maintaining a strong and loving connection will help families adjust during this period of time.
It is also important to keep the communication lines open by having clear and age appropriate conversations with your child. Speak openly about changes that they are experiencing and be conscious of their mental health, as many of the issues faced in adulthood often start manifesting during the adolescence stage.
Parents can learn more about the best way to guide and support their children as they transition through adolescence in this edition of School TV.
If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the College for further information. Alternatively, please seek medical or professional help.