Insights on Parenting: 5 Common Reasons Why Teenagers Become Rebellious

children family relationships Jul 26, 2022
Insights on Parenting: 5 Common Reasons Why Teenagers Become Rebellious

No one ever wants their teenage kids to rebel. But the sad reality is that adolescents always go through a turbulent phase. In order to parent successfully, it's important to know why this happens, and how you can help them get through it. Do keep in mind that every teen is different. So what applies to one, might not be relevant to another. But either way, love, and patience are usually the key to surviving the chaos.


It's All a Part of Growing Up:

Award-Winning, Board-Certified Pediatrician Dan Brennan (MD) explains that “The prefrontal cortex is a part of the human brain that controls decision-making, social behavior, and personality expression. During the teen years, the function of this part of the brain gets accelerated. This results in volatile or animated decision-making at times.” Here’s a quick summary of the major contributing factors behind teen rebellion:


1.    Identity Crisis:

Every teenager goes through a period of trying to figure out who they are. This can often manifest as rebellion, as they experiment with different styles and ways of behaving.


2.    They Want to Express Themselves:

As your teenager starts to grow up, they'll naturally want to assert their independence. This can trigger hostilities as they emotionally pull away from their parents, and make their own decisions. It's important to give them the space they need to explore, while still being there for them when they need you.


3.    Emotional Stress:

The teenage years are challenging because adolescents withstand pressures from school, friends, and family. It's not uncommon for teenagers to feel overwhelmed and turn to rebellion as a coping mechanism.


4.    Biological Changes:

Puberty can be a confusing time for any teenager. Their bodies are growing, their emotions are all over the place, and they might not feel like they fit in anywhere. It's important to be supportive during this disorientation. Regardless. Your teen is just trying to adjust to all the transformations they're going through.


5.    Substance Abuse:

Unfortunately, teenagers sometimes get entangled in drugs and alcohol. If your teen is hiding the fact that they drink or do drugs, they might start to rebel as a side-effect of their lifestyle. It's important to guide them away from toxic behaviors, and help them find healthy ways to deal with their stress.



As a parent, always remember that your teen is going through a difficult phase. They're trying to figure out what their reason for being is. Among other things. Instead of getting frustrated whenever they act out, be there for them with empathy. Mature parenting is the only thing that can shelter them through this evolution. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative courses, workshops, and events listed on our websites and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, health and wellness, bettering your relationships, or the overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (800) 913-0222 to find out how Richard Martinez can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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