Know The Challenges Your Teenage Boy Is Facing Daily?

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With all the challenges that teenage boys have to
face these days, there may never have been a harder time to navigate the
adolescent years. Each new generation adds a few more stumbling blocks on the
path to successful adulthood and teens need the support of their parents more
than ever. Knowing what kind of things your son may be dealing with on a daily
basis can help you make sure that he is making good decisions and effectively
circumventing issues that can cause long term problems.

Bullying – Bullying has taken on a new face in
recent years. While it used to be something that occurred when the victim was
physically present, it has now become pervasive in the online culture. In a
world where most teens have a phone, they may be subject to their tormenters 24
hours a day. Make sure you are aware of what is outgoing and incoming to your
teen’s phone and on their social media pages. Whether your child is the bully
or the bullied, he needs intervention from you.

Substance Abuse – While experimenting with alcohol
and drugs has been a fixture of adolescent life for many years, teens are
always learning new ways to keep their substance abuse from their parents. From
vodka soaked gummy bears to products like powdered alcohol, it may feel like a
full time job to keep on top of things to watch for. Doing regular research on
new substance abuse trends can help you ensure that your teen remains safe.
Studies have also shown that teens whose parents talk to them regularly about
drugs and alcohol are more likely to abstain.

Pornography – Pornography is more accessible than
ever these days with the increase in technology and fact that the internet is
so prevalent in everyday lives. Your son can be exposed to explicit material
even without trying. Putting parental blocks on your teen’s phone and computer
can go a long way toward filtering the material that he should avoid. It is
also a good idea to regularly check his activity since social media sites can
be an ideal place for sending and receiving inappropriate pictures. Regular
pornography exposure during the formative adolescent years can actually lead to
major emotional and relationship problems down the road. Help him regulate his
behavior while he is exploring his boundaries.

Self Esteem – Low self-esteem is often the culprit
behind bad decisions. Helping your teen develop healthy confidence in his
strengths and learn how to manage his weaknesses will help him navigate
difficult times and avoid succumbing to negative peer-pressure. In addition to
supporting and encouraging him in his activities and hobbies, it can also be
helpful to work with him on what his reaction should be in different scenarios.
Knowing how he is going to react when faced with a dilemma can relieve some of
the pressure.

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