How to help (not hinder) teens in their transition from adolescence

Peer pressure and the pursuit of belonging can often drive adolescents in their journey to self-discovery.

Counselling psychologist Nikole Seele says most teenagers struggle with "fitting in" during their transition from adolescence to adulthood.

Teens have to strike the balance between friendship groups and parental influence, Seele explains.

Adolescence is described as the period following the onset of puberty during which a young person develops from a child into an adult.

Adolescence is defined chronologically as between 11 and 13 to 17 and 21 – however, Seele says this can be better understood as developmental changes.

Read: How to stop sibling rivalry from poisoning your kids

Seele says she chooses to define adolescence as stage when young people experience physical, cognitive, personality and social changes.

She adds that the transition is happening much earlier than ever before.

Adolescence is happening a lot earlier than it used to.

Nikole Seele, counselling psychologist

Also read: How to bring the best out of your misguided kids

Seele says that parents need to set boundaries with their children during their transition and role model acceptable attitudes and behaviour.

She advises that parents must be both friends and disciplinarians in their relationship with their children.

Seele also emphasised the importance of open communication between families and adolescents in transition.

She explored the complexities of adolescence and the impact of changes on young people's self-esteem and identity development.

Take a listen to her insightful advice and callers share their personal stories:

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Five things to do with the kids this holiday

Five things to do with the kids this holiday

Because there are only so many times you can watch that same DVD before you start to fantasise about your cubicle at work.

The benefits of exposing your kids to the arts

The benefits of exposing your kids to the arts

A reminder of how the arts offer benefits for young children and adolescents that extend well into adulthood.

Fathers on the realities of being stay-at-home dads

Fathers on the realities of being stay-at-home dads

More men are opting to stay at home with their kids while their partners work, parenting coach Stephanie Dawson-Cosser explains.

How to stop sibling rivalry from poisoning your kids

How to stop sibling rivalry from poisoning your kids

Counselling psychologist Jeremy Bayer explores the factors of sibling rivalry and shares tips on how to ensure children get along.

How to protect your child from abuse right under your roof

How to protect your child from abuse right under your roof

Clinical sexologist Dr Eve says child abuse can at times be perpetrated by someone a parent loves, lives with or is in love with.

Tips on how to do your best as a step parent

Tips on how to do your best as a step parent

Clinical psychologist Jeanie Cave says step parents have good intentions but are frustrated because their role is not clear.

Stay-at-home moms can be feminists too (and other powerful insights)

Stay-at-home moms can be feminists too (and other powerful insights)

Working moms are not 'better' than stay-at-home moms. Both have to make tough choices, says writer and mother Kim Norwood-Young.

No ifs, ands, or buts: The problem with authoritarian parenting

No ifs, ands, or buts: The problem with authoritarian parenting

Authoritarian parenting is based on eliciting fear and asserting power, but can be detrimental for the development of young kids.

The 'parentification' burden: when kids are forced to play parent

The 'parentification' burden: when kids are forced to play parent

Too many South African kids are losing out on their childhoods because of a distressing social phenomena known as parentification.

How to bring the best out of your misguided kids

How to bring the best out of your misguided kids

Psychologist Jeremy Bayer explores positive reinforcement and the fine line between praise and criticism during Family Matters.

Popular articles
LISTEN: Gerrie Nel on why he's persuing prosecution against Duduzane Zuma

LISTEN: Gerrie Nel on why he's persuing prosecution against Duduzane Zuma

AfriForum will prosecute Duduzane Zuma after NPA declined to do so in 2015 following a 2014 accident where a woman died.

How we invented the modern concept of sleep

How we invented the modern concept of sleep

Dr Bodhisattva Kar reveals how industrial capitalism influenced the world's current sleep patterns.

Hassen Adams (he brought Burger King and Dunkin’ Donuts to SA) talks money

Hassen Adams (he brought Burger King and Dunkin’ Donuts to SA) talks money

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Adams about his attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

Kloof Street residents living in fear as crime multiplies

Kloof Street residents living in fear as crime multiplies

A Cape Town man was stabbed to death on Saturday while trying to assist two women who were being mugged on Kloof street.

‘I started my thriving business with R5000 (and made a profit in the 1st month)’

‘I started my thriving business with R5000 (and made a profit in the 1st month)’

After 3 years there are 3 Nic Harry stores (incl online) that sell 100 000 pairs of socks in over 20 countries around the world.