Mental Health Awareness India: Parents must keep communication doors open, be positive and non-judgmental, listen and express support, care, love while acknowledging their thoughts and their challenges.
"Have an assortment of snacks and finger foods handy so they can munch on all night. Go for disposable plates and cutlery in bamboo and paper. This reduces the risk of anyone stepping on it in the middle of the night and getting hurt.”
Sweating is a major problem for active teens because the sweat glands become more active during puberty. The problem of excessive sweating and body odour can take a toll on their confidence and cause unnecessary embarrassment.
Teens require a safe space to openly communicate and interact with elders and friends to discuss problems as well as their dreams and vision for the future. The more they can express themselves, the less they will rely on addiction to escape their grim reality.
“This region (middle of the prefrontal cortex) is more active in adolescents when they make these social decisions and think about other people than it is in adults. Adolescents and adults use a different cognitive strategy to make social decisions.”
In the last few years I have met a lot of people boasting that they shared a beer with their 16 or 18-year-old as a marker of the special birthday. Their logic is, "the kids will do it anyway." Also, since most of us enjoy an occasional glass or two, we assume that it is harmless if the child did too.