As soon as one set of parental worries are put to bed, it seems that they’re simply replaced with a brand-new set. The teen years are typically the most challenging and cause great distress for most parents, says Ritvo.
As your child becomes more independent and moves toward adulthood, sex, drinking and driving become some of the big issues that need to be addressed. The best way to cope with anxiety over any of these issues is to educate yourself.
“Read about parenting in general and about your child’s particular issue,” says Ritvo. “Talk with other parents, particularly those with older children whose advice you trust. Parents of your children’s friends can also be a good resource. Talk with your other family members who know your child and can provide advice tailored to your child.”
Basically, get as much advice as you can — the internet has great educational resources, too, as well as online support groups for parents. Whatever you’re going through with your teenager, someone else is going through exactly the same thing.