The teen years are a time when children learn important lessons and skills that will help them as they develop into adults. This is also a time when parents' and teens' relationships can change. This can be exciting and scary for both parents and teens. It can be especially challenging for families who are also adjusting to being in a new country. This guide covers topics that often come up in families raising teenagers in the United States and reminds newcomers that every parent worries for their children and most teens face these challenges.
Topics are divided into sections with separate information for parents and for teens, they include:
- Cultural Identity
- Discrimination & Bullying
- Self-Esteem & Body Image
- Dating & Relationships
- School Engagement
- Community Engagement
- Online & Cyber Safety
- Drugs, Alcohol & Smoking
- Higher Education
- Adult Living Skills
We hope parents and their teens will read the book together and then talk about the topics and issues—sharing their opinions and asking each other questions.
At this time, the guide is only available online, but we hope to have hard copies available for order soon. Also, stay tuned for new translations and an adapted interactive online learning module!
This booklet is the 3rd in a series:
- Raising Young Children in a New Country: Supporting Early Learning and Healthy Development (Also available in Arabic, Nepali, Somali & Spanish)
- Raising Children in a New Country: An Illustrated Handbook (Also Available in Arabic & Somali)
If your family has struggled with these issues, you are not alone. Every parent worries for their children and most teens face these issues!