Now that your child is 15 years old, they are past the ‘early’ teenager stage. They will continue to strive for independence and will most likely be of the opinion they already “know it all”.
Here are some other things you can expect from your 15 year old:
The majority of teens will reach physical maturity between 15-18 years, but your child may feel self-conscious if they are developing more slowly than their friends.
It is important for teens to continue to get plenty of sleep, a healthy diet and exercise to support their continued development. Keep an eye on your child’s eating habits as these may be strongly influenced by friends and body image issues.
Emotions & Relationships
Their cognitive development is shifting to a more mature phase and they are able to apply reasoning and logic to their arguments with you!
They will also be thinking about their future as they work out who they are and where they fit in the world. This may lead to increased time spent on interests other than friends and may also involve part-time work.
While their improved reasoning will help them make decisions in some aspects of their lives, peer pressure is still an issue and the likelihood remains of engaging in risk-taking activities, drugs, cigarettes and alcohol.
An increased focus on dating and relationships with the opposite sex are driven by stronger sexual urges.
Stress, anxiety and depression can be a real risk with teenagers as they deal with school pressure and relationship issues.
The Internet, Social Media and Technology
Technology will continue to be main way your teen communicates with friends and social networks. While they will want their privacy it is still important to be aware of what your teen is doing online and to talk to them about personal safety online.
Look out for signs of screen ‘addiction’ and encourage other pursuits that don’t involve technology.
Parenting a 15 year old
- Allow your teen their independence but continue to stay connected and involved in their life.
- Encourage healthy diet and exercise.
- Teach them stress-management strategies such as meditation, listening to music, journaling and exercise.
- Reinforce responsibility in return for privileges.
- Encourage open communication and let your child know you are always there for them.
- Try to listen with out judgement or telling them what to do. Offer gentle guidance.
- If they are reluctant to talk, here are some great tips on getting your teen to open up.