What Does Privacy Even Mean for a Teen?
By Stonewater Recovery · 2 minute read
The age-old struggle of teens trying to gain their independence and parents trying to let go is sometimes often difficult to gauge. There is uncertainty on how much space to give a teen and how much privacy a parent should give to their adolescent. As your teen begins to get older, they are continuously developing physically, cognitively, and socially which means that parents have to allow them the space they need to become responsible as well as independent. Teenagers need privacy although they need to be monitored and guided along the way. All teens are not created equal when it comes to giving them their privacy. If a parent has an intuition that something is not right with what their teen's actions are showing, then they should take every precaution to make sure their teen is safe and making good decisions. Otherwise, there are some reasonable ways to respect a teen's privacy unless they give extenuating circumstances for a parent to get more involved.
- Knocking before entering their room.
- Refraining from rummaging through their drawers and other belongings.
- Abstaining from reading notes, text messages, emails, or social media private messages to simply be nosy.
- Asking before looking in their backpacks, purses, or other personal belongings.
- Inquiring if they wish for you to join them in their patient room at their doctor's appointments, depending on their age, is a good idea.
Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center leads the way with progressive, evidence-based programming to most effectively treat each individual adolescent while focusing on the uniqueness of each client. Healing the mind, the body, and the spirit as one in the same can make the biggest difference in staying sober.
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