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Living with young people - parenting teenagers

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Watching children grow into mature and independent young adults can have many rewards for parents. There can also be ups and downs in the family as young people test limits and try new freedoms. It is important that parents continue to guide young people during this time.

It can help to remember that young people:

  • are going through rapid physical and emotional changes
  • want freedom, but still need the security of their family
  • often feel unsure of themselves behind their ‘grown-up’ attitude.

It is important that parents continue to guide young people during this time. Good communication will make this easier.

To read more

 about living with young people have a look at this Parent Easy Guide written for Parenting SA

Parenting SA is a partnership between the Department for Education and Child Development and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network. Ph: 08 8303 1660 

  • There are more Parent Easy Guides on the Parenting SA website including 'Violence towards parents by young people', 'Cybersafety', 'Discipline (0-12 years)', 'Peer pressure', 'Stepfamilies', 'Talking sex with young people', 'What about parents' rights?', 'Young people and drugs', 'Young people who are gay or lesbian', and also information about parent groups in your area in South Australia
  • Parenting SA has also published several videos including Living with teenagers, Teenagers and feelings, Managing conflict with teenagers, and Helping teenagers on line.   

Raising Children Network
Information on raising children

Reachout for parents Helping parents support their teenagers through everyday issues and tough times.

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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

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