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13 - 15 Years Old

If you have questions or concerns about your youth's development, talk your pediatrician, they are a awesome resource!

Wants limits and rules but fight them (parents need to set consistent boundaries).

Fear injury, heights, injections, car accidents, sexual relations, school performance, crowds, public speaking, gossip.

Place high importance on peer group.

Get feelings hurt easily.

Store dirty and clean clothes together, on the floor.

Uses phone regularly.

May learn to drive.

Are quiet at 13 and outgoing at 14.

Boys notice girls.

Use sarcastic humor.

Have inner confusion and turmoil.

May plan but not carry out the plan.

Become increasingly responsible and independent.

Enjoy exploring causes.

Challenge authority to increase independent thinking.

Are more aware of the outside world and what happening around them.

Struggle to accept body changes.

Are more aware of the outside world and what happening around them.

Use abstract thinking.

Have rapid changes and growth.

May be embarrassed to be seen with parents.

Believe they are invincible.

Need positive adult role models.

Develops awareness of strengths, interests, and limitations.

Explores recreation/leisure interests and skills.

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