School can be really difficult at times for teenagers. They may feel under pressure to perform well in exams, maintain a healthy social life, and start making tricky decisions about the rest of their lives. It’s quite normal for teenagers to go through rough patches at school.
Anyone who has been a teenager would recall the ups and downs of being at school. As teenagers, when you are having a hard or stressful time, there are some common experiences that you might like to consider:
Starting at a new school is exciting, but for some it can be a little tricky, with unfamiliar environments and lots of new faces. Being positive about the experience when interacting with other teenagers and considering all the great new activities and friends is key.
Having to Make Big Decisions
There are many big decisions teens will have to make in the final years of school, and they may feel pressured to already be on a good career path. Whether they’re interested in science, design or even taking a gap year, there’s info available to understand their options and support in making the tricky decisions.
Friendships and Peer Pressure
During high school, friends become your teenager’s main support network. They help them develop a sense of identity, try new things and feel a sense of belonging outside the family unit. However, when young people spend all day every day with each other, there’s bound to be the occasional clash. If you develop your teenagers self-esteem and confidence they are more likely to improve their ability to stand up for themselves and others, building positive friendships throughout high school.
Anyone who has been a teenager would recall the ups and downs of being at school
Whether it’s being called names, feeling excluded, or being harassed in school or at home, bullying is a horrible experience for a teen. This can be hard to deal with as it’s not always immediately obvious that this is what’s happening to a teen. You’d notice that they’re behaving differently and are worried that they might be bullied
Signs That a Teen Might be Having a Tough Time
In ensuring that a teenager is coping, look out for these changes in their mood or behavior, then use our resources to support them:
- Being withdrawn or disengaged
- A loss of interest in the things they usually enjoy
- Changes in their sleeping or eating habits
- Feeling grumpy or irritable.
Other Ways you can Support a Teenager
Having a strong sense of self can really improve a teen’s time at school, At CTCI we help teenagers explore this and build their confidence. We take active interest in things that are going on for them and have open and honest chats that can really help them feel like they’re supported…