Stages of Emotional Development: Adolescence

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The adolescence is a crucial period in every individual’s life. Although individuals form and model their personalities throughout their entire lives, and all decision are meant to help them find their real path, the education and the influences they receive during early and middle childhood, but also in their teen years, are crucial. In fact, one of the most important aspects of the adolescence is that this is a period of changes. And emotional development is a very complex process in adolescence, as in this period most children ask themselves the question “who am I?” and they have to discover themselves the answer to it. Of course, teens will not ask the question, but their entire behavior will indicate their attempt to find the answer.

The emotional development of adolescents is probably the most important part of the whole process, as mixed emotions describe this period in every individual’s life. Strong emotions, mixed feeling and a continuous struggle are what describe best the emotional development of adolescents. As a parent, you should not worry at all if your child becomes moody and adopts a negative attitude. It is part of his or her normal emotional development, but you should know that in most cases, teens are going to cope with all changes in a positive manner. However, most teens want to gain independence from their parents, as the adolescence marks the end of childhood and prepares the beginning of young adulthood. So, during a normal emotional development of a teen, conflicts with parents actually are a normal behavior. 

Parental support is very important in the emotional development of an adolescent. However, rules and boundaries need to be set, for parents to make sure that their child is not going to fall on a negative path. Still, as a parent, you need to support the normal emotional development of your child, by letting him become more independent from you. He needs to discover who he is by his own and the only way you can support his emotional development is by making sure that the choices he makes, his own, are the right ones.

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