For some, adolescence can sound like a dirty word. Though most shy away from this uncomfortable and angsty stage, news producer Peter Bermudes is working on a segment revolving around the confusing, frustrating, but ultimately memorable age we like to call adolescence.
Bermudes focuses on what it scientifically means to be an adolescent. Though difficult to pinpoint when an individual reaches adolescence, it is measured by both a physical and psychological change. Unfortunately for many, this change comes at a cost. Suddenly, pressures that never seemed to be an issue become a life or death matter, and the “no one understands” mantra applies to everything.
Bermudes looks at this “issue” from a refreshing perspective that gives parents advice for dealing with their children during these frustrating years. As a former adolescent myself, I remember feeling exactly the way Bermudes and his guests explained: frustrated, lonely and resentful. Societal pressures make it much more difficult to have self-confidence during such a stage. I’m sure many will agree with me when I say my “awkward stage” was pretty horrible.
Having a solid parent-child understanding during this time is vital; it is one less thing the child has to worry about. No matter what goes on outside the house, home should be a place of comfort and safety. It all comes down to communication and understanding at home. Parents have an extremely difficult job here, but their undivided support is crucial.
Be sure to catch up with Peter’s six-part series!
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I: Introduction to the series & overview of adolescence
II: The World of the Adolescent
III: Challenges for Parents
IV: Parents-Adolescent Communication
V: Stressors and Consequences
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