Lucia was 17 years and had not seen her period for the fourth month going. She had hoped it was just a prolonged absence of menstrual bleeding and nothing to worry about.
The teen years can be difficult. There may be seasons in a teen’s life that can be heartbreaking for those who love them the most.
These seasons could include failure in Nigerian JAMB exams, teenage pregnancy, and unruly behaviour.
Peer pressure may make a teenager pulled in by friends and consequently, your teenager will make unwise decisions.
It may not be that your teenager wanted to rebel against you the parents, they just may think they can stray a little and still be fine. Now, this is where your teenager gets it wrong.
When parents learn about some of the choices their teens make, they should do something that the teenager will never forget while still being grateful to them.
You should do the following :
1. Pull your teenager in close.
2. Don’t shame your teenager.
3. Don’t push your teenager away.
4. Don’t label your teenager.
Yes you are hurt as parents.
You cried and shook your head in disappointment.
Your said ‘Ahhhhh’ over and over again in shock.
Don’t despair yet, hold up!
Draw new boundaries in your teen’s life to protect them. Instead of focusing on how bad your teen had been, point to all the good you know your teenager can do.
Cast a vision for your teenager that is much better and eventually so much more appealing than the poor choices your teen has been making.
Realize that the season is hard for your teenager and also hard for you as parents.
I love teens, I love teens health.
Your favourite physician,