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SCHOOL RELATED ISSUES
Teenagers are notorious for complaining about their complicated lives and undoubtedly being tasked with learning many difficult lessons.
It is not uncommon for a teen to struggle in school at some point throughout his or her adolescents. Part of growing up in America is the necessity for education and to attend some type of school through the duration of one’s adolescence. Many young people suffer from different challenges regarding school. Whether it be bullying, school avoidance and/ or academic pressure, young people must deal with a lot during their school-aged years. Every teenager is different and will have a somewhat unique adolescent experience.
Many people assume that school related challenges occur later in one’s adolescence, but in reality they can occur at any time. Children can learn and exhibit unfortunate behaviors at any age. Though as an adult, it may seem simple to look at your teenager and think how privileged they are to not have any adult-like responsibilities (i.e. bills), but teens are learning and dealing with how to navigate the ever present challenges of life. Young people are learning coping mechanisms, forming habits and laying patterns that they may come to rely on though out a large portion of their lives, which is why it is essential to help set them up for success.
Of course, at times, young people will both experience being personally offended for some reason, as well as unintentionally offending someone else. Bullying goes beyond an accidentally painful encounter between teens. Bullying is when a teenager is intentionally physically and/ or emotionally hurt by another person or people. A victim of bullying will not be able to stop the hurtful behaviors from occurring, and more often than not, the bullying will happen repeatedly. Both victims of bullying and young people demonstrating bullying behaviors are suffering in some way. It is important to note, that even children exhibiting bullying behaviors are doing so for a reason and are quite possibly expressing poor behaviors as a means to manage their own discomforts, which is essentially a cry for help.
School avoidance, as indicated in its name, is when a teenager refuses to go to school. There are a number of reasons that can contribute to a young person’s refusal to attend school, but the result is the same: going to extreme lengths to avoid going to school. The natural consequences of a young person repeatedly missing school are obvious (falling educationally behind, diminished self-confidence, social isolation, and friendship difficulties…etc.) Many adolescents that struggle with school avoidance will experience or complain of physical discomforts and illnesses, such as headaches, stomachaches, nausea…etc. When a teenager who is school avoidant and has complained of frequent aches and pains, and is brought to a medical professional for a physical examination, there is often no medically diagnosable ailment or illness that is revealed. School avoidance may seem like a teenager simply being difficult, but it is important to understand that there is a reason behind his or her school avoidant behaviors.
There is an incredible amount of academic pressure placed on young people in the United States. At a very early age, children are encouraged to continuously think ahead and academically prepare themselves for subsequent academic milestones. This cyclical pattern of continuously anticipating the next step in academia can be quite damaging. Teens can experience academic pressure from any number of sources. In fact, it is highly common for young people to experience self-imposed academic pressure. Unfortunately, academic pressure is actually counterintuitive to academic success. It is not uncommon for academic pressure in teens to manifest as emotional and/ or physical stress. This, in turn, can cause a young person to preform poorly in their schoolwork as they attempt to upkeep unsustainable study habits. Teens can also lose interest in participating in extracurricular activities and spending time with friends.
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