It’s important for parents to look and listen when their children become teenagers. They need to look closely at their teen’s life — what are his/her interests, who are his/her friends, where does he/she spend time, how is he/she eating sleeping, how does he/she seem to cope socially. Beyond being aware of what is going on in the teen’s life, parents should listen to their child. By encouraging teens to talk about their lives, parents gain invaluable clues as to how the teen is adjusting to the many changes that are occurring.
Parents should be aware of some important warning flags when it comes to their teens. Marked changes in a teen’s sleeping, eating, social, hygiene or academic habits can be a cause of concern.