This chapter explores a range of issues arising from parenting of adolescents. One growth task of adolescence is to rework top-down relationships with parents. Parents are more practiced in life and know that their young children lack sufficient experience for the decision-making and challenges for which they now claim to be fit. Parents' protective instinct remains in place, and their efforts may even intensify to avert their children's mistakes. There is a good chance that disagreement and conflict will occur frequently. The dilemma for parents is not really letting go but knowing when and how to let go. This chapter considers the impact of pubertal change on parents, along with individuation and the drive to reach adulthood as the active motive for adolescent development. It also discusses developmentally driven moods and behaviors in adolescents, the place that friends and peers occupy in the lives of adolescents, and the sort of accommodations that parents must make to deal with the preferences, actions, confusions, and aspirations of adolescents.
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