Boys and girls both show a series of changes right from the onset of adolescence till the time they grow out to be adults. And this journey is quite discussed one both for the adolescent, the parents and even the teachers.
Some of the important parameters during this stage are:
- Emotional: A very important parameter and indicator of the onset of adolescence is the “emotional changes” in a subject. This is one stage when he or she does not know whether he is a child or a grown up. Sometimes he or she is barred from doing a set of things and being reminded that he or she is a child and hence not supposed to be a part of many things. On the other hand, people do expect a lot of things from them and often they are heard being saying that “you are a grownup individual” so they are supposed to be “understanding” and participating a lot many things.
- Physical changes: This is one period when “childhood” gets transformed into “adulthood” and hence there are associated “physiological and biological changes” taking place in the body of an individual. These changes come at different point of time in each case, exactly the way kids attain their developmental milestones at various points of time.
- Awkwardness: As because, the physiological and biological changes take place at different points of time, there would be some boys getting beard early and some would get late. Similarly the transformation would take place at different points even in girls. This makes them a little inconvenient amongst their own friend circles, bringing in awkwardness too.
- Identity Crisis: As because parents have observed them as children sometimes and also as adults at some other time, the individual may suffer from identity crisis. He or she exactly does not know whether to behave like an “adult” or “child”.
- Depression: This is quite a common occurrence amongst the individuals. They get into a depression mood thinking that “my friend looks like a complete girl and hence boys give more attention to her whereas I still look like a child”. And there could be a series of “issues” which ultimately lead to depression.
- Inadequate Knowledge: Sometimes, they have inadequate knowledge about their own changes and that is something which may scare them or make them feel over excited about a change.
- Mood Swing: Suddenly you may find an adolescent to be quite happy and suddenly they might turn out to be quite sad about something. So, they suffer from mood swings at various point of time.
Adolescent could be a bigger puzzle for those who are not moulded and trained for the changes they are likely to experience. Hence, handling this entire stage can be made easier and better with a little training coming from the parents and others associated with the individual. This will save and protect them a lot of wrong notions about this stage which they develop in the absence of adequate guidance.