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When we think of adolescents, many of us will come to mind rebellious, disobedient kids, with revolutionized hormones ... Few positive things we usually evoke at first when we think about this stage of development. However, it also has its good side, This is the positive of rebellion in adolescence.
Adolescence is the stage of development of great changes, it is the time when our children stop being children and prepare for the world of adults. For parents it can be a complicated stage, with greater conflicts with their children, but for the kids it is not an easy time either.
They live between two worlds, they experience many hormonal, physical, emotional or cognitive changes. Furthermore, it is a stage of construction of one's own personal identity, of search for freedom, but still very much in need of the support of the family. For them it is a complicated stage, but why not say it, a very beautiful stage, of great learning and very intense experiences.
First of all and the first thing we have to keep in mind is that We must not confuse rebellion with behavior problems. Rebellion is inherent in the adolescent stage, all adolescents are more or less rebellious, but rebellion does not imply problematic behavior, that will depend on more factors and not only on the stage of development.
Adolescents are often rebellious and very critical of the world around them. It is one of the characteristics of this stage of development because they access a more abstract, more formal type of thought, which allows them to reflect on concepts such as freedom or justice, even with many limitations, and makes them more critical, (a times in excess) with the world around them. They question norms or limits because they consider them unfair, they are not satisfied with what there is, they want to change things, and they want to change the world.
They seek greater independence and freedomThey seek to make decisions and this is where there are usually more conflicts within the family, since what the kids want often does not coincide with what the parents allow.
But for teens to be rebellious is not always negative. Rebellion can be understood as:
- The development of personal autonomy.
- The awakening of the critical sense.
- It is a sign of concern.
- Indicates wanting to learn.
- Initiative to change the things they do not consider fair instead of settling for what there is.
As parents and adults it would not be good to try to silence these concerns, but rather to teach them and help them channel and guide their desire for change.
The role of the adults around him is very important, and it must be borne in mind that the more we try to stop this "rebellion", the more behavior problems will appear. If we continually downplay their thoughts, beliefs, if we do not take them into account and continue to treat them like children, if we try to impose authority without regard for them, there is a greater chance that this rebellion will turn into a transgression and lead to problem behaviors.
However, if we give the adolescent the possibility of expressing their thoughts, concerns, if we give them confidence, understanding those changes and those needs, we will be contributing to a healthy adolescent development.
Of course, rules and limits are still necessary at this age, and that will be an area in which more conflicts will occur, but It is a good time for dialogue, to teach them to reason, to jointly modify the rules and limits that existed in childhood and that they no longer serve in this new era.
Therefore, we must not see adolescence as a problem, nor rebellion as a negative aspect. It is essential to understand that rebellion is inherent in adolescence and the change in thinking that occurs at this stage, but what is important is that parents know how to listen to our teenage children and help them channel and direct their concerns and in this way transform the negative into positive.
Instead of seeing this stage as a problem, see it as an opportunity to help them become autonomous adults, capable of making decisions, with a critical sense and capable of taking charge of their lives.
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