The teenage years create a radical change in physical and physiological attributes, thought process, social relations, and even emotional behavior. Add to this list parental expectations, peer pressure, and media influences and the journey can resemble a roller coaster ride. Many perceptions and myths surround the lives of teenage girls. Here are the top myths and realities about teenage girls:
1. A common myth about teenage girls is that they are addicted to electronic media for communication, that they are almost continuously texting, messaging, talking on the phone, or browsing through websites. However, the truth is that teens may like Internet browsing or chatting on the Web, but they are still reading newspapers, watching television, and participating in sports.
2. Teenage girls are ill-mannered and reckless. A good relationship with parents, tolerance, and being empathetic helps to build confidence and self-esteem in teenagers. There will always be some unavoidable volatile situations, but parents can work out the best ways to deal with them.
3. Another myth about teenage girls is that it is best to avoid confrontations on certain issues. Shirking away from responsibilities in order to maintain peace at home is certainly not a good idea.
4. Yet another myth about teenage girls is that they are only concerned about their friends’ approval and don’t care much about their parents. However, the fact is that they may be spending more time with friends, but are equally receptive to their parent’s feelings. Sharing experiences, having meaningful talks, and being a good listener will surely help any parent to bond with their teens.
5. Another myth is that peer pressure is always bad. Peer pressure can be a positive force in a teen girl's life that assists them in making decisions, coping with challenges, and being emotionally strong.
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