Jrotc And Peer Pressure Essay

480 WordsNov 9, 20112 Pages
Shardina Reams Characteristics of learners of age 12-14 Developmental Early adolescence is a time of many physical, mental, emotional, and social changes. Hormones change as puberty begins. Boys grow facial and pubic hair and their voice change. Girls grow pubic hair and breasts, and start menstruating. They might be worried about these changes and how they are looked at by others. This will also be a time when your teenager might face peer pressure to use alcohol, tobacco products, and drugs, and to have sex. Other challenges can be eating disorders, depression, and family problems. Emotional / Social Changes * More concern about body image, looks, and clothes. * Focus on self, going back and forth between high expectations and lack of confidence. * Moodiness * More interest in and influence by peer group. * Less affection shown toward parents. May sometimes seem rude or short-tempered. * Anxiety from more challenging school work. * Eating problems sometimes start at this age. Mental/ Cognitive Change * More ability for complex thought. * Better able to express feelings through talking. * A stronger sense of right and wrong. * Many teens sometimes feel sad or depressed. Depression can lead to poor grades at school, alcohol or drug use, unsafe sex, and other problems. Psychological Trust is important for teenagers. Even as she develops independence, she will need to know she has your support. At the same time, she will need you to respect her need for privacy. * Be honest and direct with your teenager when talking about sensitive subjects such as drugs, drinking, smoking, and sex. * Encourage your teenager to get exercise. He or she might join a team or take up an individual sport. * Help your teenager make healthy choices while encouraging him to make his own decisions. * Respect your
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