Adolescents are in the process of developing skills that will help them in navigating life as adults. They are learning to be distinct, independent individuals. These young people are faced with a level of busyness that I don’t recall experiencing when I was a teen; all of which can lead to stress.
This time of teen development has been labelled “pseudo-mature.” They may look like mature adults but are in effect still growing and developing and are being ooded with a hormonal soup that contrib- utes to emotional plasticity and volatility.
The October-November 2018 issue of Canada Lutheran takes a much closer look at the lives of 21st century teenagers – lives filled with sports, schooling, work, family, friends, food, social media and highly demanding expectations. All of which take a significant toll on these young people. Have a read through Anne Penniston Gray’s feature piece highlighting the current lifestyle struggles faced by teens.