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What Are the Benefits of Relationships in the Lives of Teens?
The Most Common Problems Teenagers Face Today
It often feels as if teenagers are the most difficult age group to understand. Because they can be moody and uncommunicative, it can be hard to know what thoughts are running through their heads. Fortunately, professionals such as teachers, coaches and counselors who devote their lives to teens know what makes them tick. You can also rely on research that periodically surveys teens to help get a better grasp on what teens care about. Understanding what's important to the teens in your life can help improve your relationship with them.
In our new research report, Teens in , we sought to get to the heart of this issue. Teens also see themselves as independent thinkers when it comes to these areas of their lives. Yet when you dig into the gender differences, it becomes clear that girls see the people that they follow on social media as having a much stronger influence on their fashion choices whereas for boys, close friends have a more important role to play in determining what they wear.
I took a good look at my teenager, followed him around, interviewed him and other teenagers, did some research, and this is what I found. Recently, I attended a school program with other parents of teenagers. The conversation was mainly complaints about raising teenagers. Each parent was only adding items to the list of complaints, but offering no solutions. This got me thinking that what we need today is to look at the problem in a different light.