Before your child becomes a teen there is dread and anticipation of how your life with your child will change. So basically they are part child and part adult. They need to know what their peers think about them and they need to practice how they will act in a group setting.
In an affluent Chicago suburb, elementary school students carry cell phones, pagers, palm pilots and PDAs personal digital assistants to keep track of their hectic schedules. In London, a year-old boy spends a couple of hours roaming around the city with a few of his friends after school. When he comes home, he proudly displays a small silver stud inserted into his newly pierced tongue.
Be aware that your teen wants to grow up fast. Striving to be more sophisticated is understandable in today's fast-forward culture. Pressure to grow up quickly comes from many sources—be it parents, friends or the media.
We examine whether hardship while growing up shapes subjective age identity, as well as three types of experiences through which it may occur. Drawing on data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, we find that hardship in several domains during childhood and adolescence is associated with feeling relatively older and self-identifying as an adult in the late teens and twenties. Specifically, young people who as adolescents felt unsafe in their schools or neighborhoods, witnessed or were victims of violence, had fewer economic resources in the household, and lived in certain family structures, reported older subjective ages by one or both measures.
Legos and lip gloss. Jungle gyms and Justin Bieber. In the course of an hour, your kid has crawled onto your lap for a snuggle, rolled her eyes and sighed at the last three things you've said, played dress-up with her dolls, and tried to convince you that it's okay for her to start wearing mascara.
Teenagers and pre-teens these days are scary to witness in public and on social media. They all look so grown up and ready to face the world. How can they expect to handle the world when these kids step outside?
Send a question or comment using the form below. This message may be routed through support staff. Marketers call them "tweens": kids between eight and 12, midway between childhood and adolescence.
Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. The teen pregnancy rate has reached an all-time low. Fewer teens are drinking alcoholhaving sex or working part-time jobs.