Questions tagged [teen]

Age specific questions from about 13 years to about 19 years. Younger: pre-teen. Older: adult-child.

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How to help a 14-year-old recognize reckless, destructive behavior as such and take it seriously after partially blinding our dog?

Our 14-year-old is a great kid. No joke. He causes very little issues for us. Lately though, he has simply turned reckless in his behavior at times. I have attributed this change to the fact that he ...
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Help dealing with son addicted to video games. Would this app work?

My son is 15 years old and plays video games all the time. His grades are quite low now. I already tried a couple of things like rewarding him when he is studying, but with no effect. I heard of an ...
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How to make my 16-year-old stop biting?

My 16- nearly 17-year-old son still bites. He isn’t neurotypical and he already goes to therapy. He does see what he is doing as normal for him alone. He bites when anyone tries to hug him or give ...
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Up to how many hours of screen time is OK for a teenager for educational purposes?

My 14-year-old son loves programming and he’s been doing it since he was 10, although over the last couple of years, he’s been really serious about it. Hence, he spends around 2 hours and 15 minutes ...
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Is it okay to encourage a transgender teen to consider genderqueer and transfeminine as alternatives to transgender?

My oldest child (17) told us that he has been struggling with finding his "presentation" and he "thinks" the answer is that she's a woman. Oldest is searching for the right female name and wants to ...
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Can my mother charge me money for not doing what she says?

When I don't do the washing up, or take out the trash, or whatever when mum asks, she charges me $10. I have a job, but am 17 living at home. I am wondering if she is allowed to make up fines for ...
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How to build a relationship with my 14-year-old son I was stopped from seeing and who now just looks for money from me?

My wife cheated on me right after our son was born and she decided to start a life with her lover. I tried to keep seeing and supporting my son, but she got pregnant a year after and asked me to stop ...
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How to make my 15-year-old daughter want to meet her 39-year-old sister?

Background 39 years ago, a good friend and I had sex and she got pregnant just before I went into the Navy. After three months, I came back from boot camp. I found out she also had slept with my best ...
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How do I discipline a 14-year-old girl without pushing her away?

I have a 14-year-old sister who my grandmother and I are gaining custody of. I don't doubt my grandmother's ability to take care of and discipline my sister the way she should be, but she and I are ...
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How to deal with teen self-destructive behavior and complete lack of sense of responsibility?

A 18-year-old who is in the final year of high school is exhibiting certain patterns of behavior that seem very troubling. He is currently doing well in school, but I'm afraid that these patterns of ...
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What to do about my 14-year-old sister being out of control and selfish? [closed]

I'm 20 years old and have a 14-year-old sister. We've been having a step father for 12 years, she's never known any different. We all used to get on perfectly. She's always been a really good student. ...
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How to punish my teenage daughter for buying thongs? [closed]

I have a 14-year-old daughter. I found out that she has bought a bunch of thongs and thong body suits and thong bikinis. I also found a bunch of mini skirts and super short shorts. How should I punish ...
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16-year old step daugher is mentally ill and aggressive to me - how much should I be involved?

My spouse’s 16 year old daughter is mentally ill. She has been diagnosed with Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) and is in treatment. Of late, her behavior has worsened to the point where she responds ...
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Is my 14 y/o brother’s abusive behavior something that I should be concerned about?

To start off this question I should mention that I am currently 17 years old and since we are homeschooled and my parents have jobs in which they have to work for one or two hour blocks all day, I get ...
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13 year old daughter refusing to wear a real bra

My 13-year-old daughter has a training bra that she has been wearing 24/7 for almost 2 years now. When we first got it, it was her first bra and she has only tried on one bra when I got her fitted. I ...
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As a teenager, my mom refuses to believe that I have anxiety/depression/ possibly ADHD. How can I help her understand that she is hurting me?

I am in 8th grade, and I am currently in four high school classes. I understand that these are significantly high stakes classes, and I genuinely try my best in each one of them. I am currently ...
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How to make a teen stop vaping?

I have a 16-year-old daughter. She is vaping a nicotine product. I know that, because I found liquid nicotine and a vaping pipe in her room twice and smelled it in her room once. I don't believe she ...
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How do I talk to my teen daughter about her weight? [duplicate]

Over the past two years 17 year old daughter has gained about 60-70 lbs. Growing up she was always a healthy weight, however, by the end of her Junior year of high school she had visibly gained quite ...
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How deal with rude and hateful attitude of the younger sibling when you are to advice them in a good context? [closed]

When you have not much success in your career or studies and try to save your younger sibling from the bad company or anything that can ruin his life, then he starts hating you. How to deal with this ...
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How do I resolve this bikini problem between wife and daughter?

My wife and our 15 year-old daughter are having a big issue regarding a bikini that my daughter bought without our knowledge. The issue is not with our daughter having a bikini in general; my wife has ...
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What can I do about my excessively strict parents [duplicate]

Before I start this, I wanted to make it clear that I am NOT "ungrateful" of my parents in any way. I love them more than anything on the Earth, but I feel that they are way more strict than they have ...
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Should we indulge this unusual request from our daughter? [closed]

I recently watched a movie with my husband and daughter entitled Cherish. It's about a woman who's been sentenced to house arrest for a crime she didn't commit. She has to wear an ankle monitor as a ...
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13 y/o step-son wants to be a “furry”

My 13 year old step-son told his mother yesterday that he wants to be a "furry." A couple days ago he decided he wanted to make a cat costume. I just shake my head most of the time when he comes up ...
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My son's girlfriend has been cheating with my best friend's son. Should I get involved?

Fake names, so it's easier to understand: My son: Bob My son's girlfriend: Alice My best friend's son: Chester They're all 18 and 19. Bob and Chester aren't friends. My best friend told me about the ...
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My 14-year-old is refusing to attend any schooling, even online

I have a 14-year-old daughter who has suffered from mental health issues since puberty. She has been through 4 middle schools and several residential behavior programs. I got her enrolled in an online ...
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My 13-year-old son has a hard time doing his math homework. How can I help him?

My 13-year-old son has just entered 8th grade (standard 8th grade curriculum). In most classes he exceeds, but in his math class he struggling extremely hard with the homework. He takes an ...
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My daughter wants to express herself, but her school has uniforms?

My 15-year-old daughter is starting her second year of high school. For most of her school life, she has gone to schools that didn’t require any standard clothing, and she liked to express herself by ...
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As a parent, how do I discipline kids who refuse to comply without physically or emotionally harming them?

Core Question My 13 year-old younger brother defies any attempt to control him and my parents do not/can not tell him to do anything that he doesn't want to do. He simply refuses to do it and there ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

My daughter is 16 and is gaining weight. My wife and I are on board with what needs to be done - and there's a lot to do. But as to talking to her about her weight, we are at a loss. She's an ultra ...
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My 17-year-old daughter gets excellent grades but shows little interest in socializing or getting a job

My 17-year-old does outstanding academic work in high school. She ranks #3 or #4 out of 160 students. She sings in school and church choirs and has taken part in game-show type activities at the ...
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Should I punish my teenage sister, whom I have full custody of, for lying to me in order to secretly see her boyfriend?

I'm 24 years old and have full custody of my 16-year-old sister. She has been living with me for the last 3 years. I found out today, from her, that she has been lying to me about spending time with a ...
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Handling husband’s 15-year-old daughter with Reactive Attachment Disorder

Two years ago, I met my husband. We are both in our 30s. He’s been married before. I have not been. He has a teen daughter from a relationship he had in college. The mother of the girl abandoned the ...
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Should a parent delete a teen's social media account if it was handled badly?

My 15 year old daughter has created accounts with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and Wattpad, all without my knowledge, six months ago or more. After discovering her using a laptop in bed at 4am, ...
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My 13 year old daughter says she wants to be a boy. This is out of character for her. Is this a phase?

My daughter, 13, has said she wants to be a boy. A little background: we moved to a new state a year and a half ago. In her new school, she felt isolated among her peers until she met a girl in art, ...
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Should we force the issue of remaining in a zero-hour class when it's an “easy A”

My son is currently a high school sophomore who has been active in jazz bad since the sixth grade. He is in the "second tier" Jazz band and so goes to school an hour early three days per week. For him,...
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Is it normal that father kisses his teenager son on the lips?

I just watched the new episode on Britain's Got Talent 2018, featured a singing act between a father and son. The act was really great, and I really love the special and deep bond between the father ...
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My son still wants to hold my hand at 13

My son still wants to hold my hand at 13. Holding his dad's hand has been drilled into him since he was able to walk as a safety thing and I assumed as he got older he would not want to anymore, but ...
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How to explain to my children their mother's cancer?

My wife is surviving (so far) an aggressive form of cancer called leiomyosarcoma. She's just had a second test after sugery removed the tumour, and we are waiting to find out whether the cancer is re-...
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Do court imposed curfews work? [closed]

Recently, my 18 year old son went to court for a possession for the purposes of trafficking (P.P.T.) charge. His mother and I have been divorced for the last three years; and she told me that the ...
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Losing Daughter [closed]

My daughter is being manipulated by her boyfriend. He would like her to quit school; he is very jealous. I'm really not sure exactly how best to handle the situation. She recently turned 18 so there's ...
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How to prevent a teenager from creating multiple Google accounts?

I have a well behaved, very bright, tech savvy 15 year old daughter. Her mother and I have discussed the risks and dangers of social media and online interactions, and have set clear guidelines and ...
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13-year-old sister dating elder (16 y.o. or more) guys

To begin with, I am 22-year-old girl who studies far away from home town for 4 years by now. All my family lives in Russia, if this is important. I have 13-year-old sister whose relations with our ...
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My 13 year old son still watches Bob the Builder w/ 2 yr old bro and he's too old. How will he stop? [closed]

I have a 13-year-old son named Julian who watches Bob the Builder. This is inexplicable. He is not disabled except for autism, but he also chews a baby's teething ring. He also watches Disney Jr. with ...
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What if my parents get a divorce? [duplicate]

I’m a 14 year old girl, and I was wondering what I should do if my parents want a divorce? My parents (50 and 55) have been married for over 20 years. But I’ve noticed some things in the past year or ...
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I walked in on my 18-year-old pooping herself [closed]

Really worried about my 18 year old, she has a lot of mental health issues due to being adopted. Her mom was abusive physically and verbally and left her alone in a house for the first two years of ...
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How to figure out why parents are so strict about Internet access?

My parents are extremely strict about my use of the Internet. I'm only allowed to use it on a specific PC in wide view of everyone in the house. However, this PC does not have it's logging facilities ...
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My sister obsessively washes her hands. What should we do?

For close to a month now, my 13 year-old sister has been obsessively washing her hands. In the past week it has gotten so bad that she won't keep her hands together and would sit on the couch, staring ...
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What does a party for 13 yo look like today? [closed]

All stars are aligned for the first teenage party of my 13 yo son, but my last 13 yo party was a long long time ago and I simply do not know what they look like today (for context - I could have been ...
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Daughters friend invading

My daughter is in 7th grade. We left a private school for homeschooling for 2 years. This year I put her back in public. She started this new adventure with an old friend. They were very close from ...
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What can I as a teenager do about my insanely strict parents?

Before I start this, I just want to let everyone know that even though my parents can be completely clueless about parenting at times, I still love them very much, so don't go commenting that I'm "...