Parenting Adolescents / Emerging Adults
One of the most challenging life stages in parenting is guiding your child through his or her adolescence. In addition to the profound physical and emotional development that occurs during the teen years, adolescents also are rapidly developing their own thoughts and feelings about the people and world around them. They’re forming new relationships; they’re asserting new independence. It’s not uncommon for this to create tension between parent and child. Beyond the adolescent years, more and more parents are taking a more active role as their children emerge into their 20s. Whether you’re struggling with parenting your adolescent, or with an older “emerging adult” child, Medlock Bridge Counseling Center can help.
Parenting a child of any age is challenging; however, parenting a teen comes with its own unique joys and concerns. In today’s hyper-connected world, it may seem that your adolescent is more easily influenced by peers and social media than by mom and dad. The truth is that parents still play a very large role in the healthful development of their teens — even when the going gets rough. As with most interpersonal relationships, parenting an adolescent requires, at its core, trust and good two-way communication. Achieving this may seem daunting (and at times impossible) because of the smorgasbord of temptations that can be so enticing to the developing adolescent who may be eager to test new-found freedoms.
“As with most interpersonal relationships, parenting an adolescent requires, at its core, trust and good two-way communication. Achieving this may seem daunting (and at times impossible) because of the smorgasbord of temptations that can be so enticing to the developing adolescent who may be eager to test new-found freedoms.”
Emerging adulthood is a relatively new developmental concept that characterizes the period between 18 and 29 years of age. Because emerging adults typically do not live in their own home or have sufficient income to be fully independent, there can be conflict between parent and child, particularly if the emerging adult is living under the parent’s roof.
Parenting in Affluent Communities
Socioeconomic status tends to be a contributor to a developing teen’s identity, thus, parenting an adolescent or emerging adult in an affluent community may bring special challenges. That, of course, is not to say that unique parenting difficulties don’t exist in every socioeconomic group; they do. But the potential for your teen to want to “keep up with the Joneses” in affluent communities can add an extra layer of complexity.