School is the main source of teenagers’ stress, and of all school reasons the grades are the most common. Unless you help your children cope with it, you risk with their health or even their lives – there are more than one teenager who committed suicide because of poor school performance. The point is that parents should not punish children for por grades, but offer them all help and assistance that might need to improve their grades, from teaching them by learning with them to hiring a decent tutor. If it is done regularly, not only in emergencies, your children’s school stress will vanish in a few months and their overall school performance will become much better than anytime before.
Another major problem for teenagers is the pressure they get from their peers. They may all try to force your children into drugs, leaving school, smoking cigarettes or having sex. However, you must not cut your children’s ties with their friends and schoolmates – lack of contacts with other teenagers would result in dire psychological pathologies and underdevelopment of crucial social skills. The thing that you should do is to explain clearly and to the best of your ability what will happen to them if they get in trouble with, say, drugs and what awaits them in future if they stay clear of trouble. Also, it is a good thing to help them find funny activities and interesting pastimes that will be enjoyable by teens and won’t cause destruction in their lives.