In this short video, parents and teenagers separately discuss what age is appropriate for teenagers to do different independent activities.
These include getting to a friend’s house on public transport, going on an outing with friends, and catching the bus to school.
It’s OK to admit you’re having difficulties – seek help if you need it.
Speak with your GP, your child’s school counsellor or call Parentline on 1300 301 300.
When it comes to big decisions that impact on your child – for example, about school, further study, staying out late and so on – try to make those decisions with your child, not for her.
This will help him learn life’s lessons and continue to shape his brain’s development.
Striking a balance between your child’s needs and your own concerns is often a matter of maintaining a positive relationship with your child, as well as a healthy family environment.
Our article on problem-solving can help you work through these decisions together.
Your teenager’s brain continues to mature into the early 20s.