Your Child’s Development: the High School Years
The high school years are a busy time for families of teens, who are rapidly changing as they develop physically, mentally, socially and emotionally.
Teens spend more time thinking about their future and discussing topics about which they feel strongly. They are able to think more abstractly and understand more complex issues than when they were at age 13.
Many teens take on part-time jobs, extra-curricular activities and more challenging classes at school. At the same time, many teens expand their social life and do more activities apart from their families. While teens enjoy their new-found freedom, they are often uncertain about making good decisions and depend on their parents to help them. Parents can help prepare their teens in the high school years by setting limits for their behavior, and most importantly, listening and talking with them.
Below are a few examples of the abilities parents can expect their teens to show.
If you are concerned about your child’s learning or behavior, talk with your child’s teachers, the school counselor, the school principal or the district special education coordinator.
What Children Do: the High School Years
- Understand complex issues;
- Take on many responsibilities including work and extracurricular activities;
- Spend more time with friends;
- Need time alone as well as time with others;
- Plan for their future.
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Last Modified: 12/18/2017 2:09:21 PM