" Looking for a roadmap to find your way through these years? Expect some mood changes in your typically sunny child, and be prepared for more conflict as he or she matures as an individual.
Parents who know what's coming can cope with it better. Starting to talk about menstruation or wet dreams after they've already begun is starting too late.
At the same time, kids this age are increasingly aware of how others, especially their peers, see them and are desperately trying to fit in.
Their peers often become much more important than parents as far as making decisions.
Although it may be the case for some kids and this representative of most teens.
But the primary goal of the teen years is to achieve independence.
Kids often start "trying on" different looks and identities, and they become very aware of how they differ from their peers, which can result in episodes of distress and conflict with parents.
One of the common stereotypes of adolescence is the rebellious, wild teen continually at odds with mom and dad.
Teens might act unhappy about the expectations their parents place on them.
Still, they usually understand and need to know that their parents care enough about them to expect certain things such as good grades, acceptable behavior, and sticking to the house rules.