Often approached so negatively by parents as a time of constant difficulties, challenges and pushing the boundaries resulting in withdrawal and a lack of connection. Through their own experiences, parents are often conditioned to dread adolescence and it just doesn’t need to be this way ! Adolescence is a time of ultimate growth, potential in all areas of development and yes, mistakes, and that’s OK ! Our role as parents is to be there to steer them when they make those mistakes but, if we lose that connection then that’s where the problems begin. Understanding adolescence is the key to enjoying it as a family. ‘The kaleidoscope of personality is shaken and where the pieces land is of profound importance’. Article by the BBC.