Be kinder to Teens!

Growing up is tough, manoeuvring through the societal expectations, joined with academic achievement goals, group building and finding a tribe to fit into, learning to like a body that changes whether we want it to or not, taking responsibility and therefore maybe moving away from the thoughts and ideas of those we are closest to, balancing our needs with those of others, moving out of omnipotence and magical thinking into abstract and reality…..phew it’s amazing any of us make it out in one piece!

Young people get a bad reputation and each generation swears that they’ll be different but I think adolescence is so difficult a hormonal roller coaster ride that adults forget how hard it is just to stay on an even temperament for more than five minutes without the added stresses of exams and responsibilities and striving for that elusive thing called adulthood!