(HealthDay News) -- The younger teen years are some of the most emotional, physical and difficult years for adolescents.
As hormones change and teens go through puberty, they may be self-conscious about their changing bodies and may worry frequently about what others think.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests things parents can do to help a young teen:
- Be honest and direct with your teen when talking about sensitive subjects, such as drugs, drinking, smoking and sex.
- Get to know your teen's friends.
- Take interest in your teen's school life.
- Help your teen make healthy choices while encouraging the teen to make his or her own decisions.
- Respect your teen's opinions. It's important that the teen knows you are listening.
- When there is a conflict, be clear about goals and expectations while allowing your teen to help decide how to reach those goals.