"I just held his hand and talked with him. We talked about different cultures and what they believe, what our family believes, what happens at a funeral, what happens to your body, how you feel, how you think you might feel, pretty much anything that came up."
"There's a lot we don't know about the lives of our kids today. When I talk to parents, I tell them, 'You aren't a teenager like your kids. You have to learn from them and you have to ask a lot of questions.'"
Experiencing stress and anxiety during such a phase is inevitable, as it is for most other phases of life. It's important to remember that adolescents, like anyone else, are susceptible to experiencing stress.
Kids now have greater exposure, wider access to knowledge and the required tools to engage more deeply in different role-playing avatars. Pretend playing different avatars allows for a more holistic growth in children helping them to think more creatively and imaginatively with each play.
One of the most disturbing facts about teen trauma is that it doesn't end with adolescence but gets rubber-banded to adults as well. The experience can extend into adult life where fully-grown people are subjected to fear and aggression that has culminated in their minds over the years.
Published in the Journal of Family Issues, the study titled Delaying Adoption Disclosure: A Survey of Late Discovery, concluded that people who received the news of their adoption as young adults or adults have less satisfaction than those who found out as young children.
The parents refer to their 17-month-old baby as "they" instead of "him" or "her", and dress their child in gender-neutral clothing. Their parenting style attempts to "mitigate the gender bias that society places on children."