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Adolescence - when times get tough

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Living with a teenager can be a stressful time for parents. Often they seem to change overnight from friendly lovable children to difficult strangers. It is important to remember that you have put a lot of effort into earlier parenting and laying the foundations for your teenager's development. The effort will not be wasted and you need to have faith in your past efforts.

The major task of a teenager is to become an independent and responsible adult and most teenagers eventually achieve this and go on to have teenage children of their own. Providing you can hang in there, and at the same time keep your own sense of balance, your teenager will most likely eventually emerge as a likeable adult.

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