Teenage is a fundamental stage of life that each human being passes through. Some people face this period of their life strongly and positively, while others face many problems and difficulties. This depends on the environment these young adults live in, their parents, their friends, their living conditions, their education, and many other factors. Teenagers face many problems such as becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol, being influenced negatively by their peers, self-image and weight, or even arguments with their parents Drugs between teenagers is one of the most serious problems, because it causes a change in the behavior of any teenager and a physical change too. Most of the teenagers use alcoholic drinks as a way to escape from their problems. Teenagers might also use them because of their friend's influence.
Poor teenagers might use them too, to forget their cold body and hunger. Alcoholism is a society's sickness that affects all people, including teenagers and adults. It is considered as a modern way to have fun. Some teens drink alcohol so they can become popular and well-known in their school. People who drink alcohol think that they can forget their problems and travel far away from reality. I think that drinking alcohol is extremely dreadful because it can turn into a long lasting addiction that can harm you psychologically and physically.
In other words, when a person drinks, he / she may lose his / her 5 senses, and won't be able to think. Most teenagers agree that they will follow a peer's decision rather than their parents'. Peers are more influential in a teen's life and tend to have more power than parents. Peer pressure has always been present and will also always be present. It is not a disease or a crime, it is an influence; either a negative or a positive one. Negative peer pressure is an influence put on a person to do something wrong, or something the person doesn't want to do.
This may be stealing, taking drugs, or other dangerous actions. If someone influences you into doing something like this it is considered a negative peer pressure. This is a major problem in most schools all around the world. Teenagers usually feel peer pressure when they feel unpopular between their friends, or when they want to be accepted in a group of other teenagers. The group is a place where one feels accepted, where he can feel good about himself, where he feels secure. It increases his self esteem, and it also enhances his self-image.
Unfortunately, teenagers who want to be part of these groups, need to follow certain unpleasant routines, such as stealing, smoking, taking drugs, or drinking alcohol. Many times they do things that they would never have imagined themselves doing before meeting a new group of people. Some teens try to make the 'right' decision so others will admire them. Having parents or other responsible adults they can turn to for help or advice is crucial at this point in a teen's life. Teenagers might also face self-image or weight problems.
One of the main illnesses that comes from these problems is an illness called anorexia. Anorexia is a sickness that happens most commonly with girls. Girls with anorexia dislike food because they think it makes them obese. Some girls exercise a lot to become skinny when they don't need to because they are already extremely thin. One reason that makes teens become anorexic is the jealousy of other beautiful and fit girls. They compare themselves with other thin girls in their classes and wish to become like them.
Another reason that makes teens anorexic is watching attractive people on advertisements, TV programs, and movies. Also a teenager might become anorexic because their friends might repeatedly tell them that they are becoming overweight. This illness isn't a physical illness but a psychological one. The parents should try their best to guide their children to balanced healthy food diets, including some daily exercise. They should also tell them that anorexia might lead to dangerous results, and might even result in their death. Parenting is a mixture of love and frustration.
Surely most parents are, at times, angry and conquered by this annoying emotion. Most mothers and fathers have some time, become furious at her / his child. There are times when there is an urge to physically hurt the child (to spank, hit, or shake him / her ). It is hard for the parents to know if their urge to hurt is harmless or dangerous.
However, harming the child physically takes a huge part in the way the children think of life and their own parents. Their teen children might use drugs or alcohol as a method to forget thinking about the problems caused by their parents. This can also lead the child to a lack of self-confidence and depression. The parents must be very careful in treating their children. Hurting their children physically, should be the last punishment any parent would ever think of. Parents must use sensible ways to punish their children, such as forbidding them from their favorite hobby for a certain duration.
The parents can also listen and discuss the problems their children are facing. In conclusion, I think that the teenagers are not the only ones who are responsible for all their problems. The responsible people may also be their friends or even their parents. I also believe that the teenage period of a person's life is the most important one. It is the time when he receives his education, and learns the right from the wrong.
In addition to this, if the teenager collects his bad habits as a teenager, these bad habits might stick to him through his whole life.