Yes, i do think there is a lot of pressure on teenagers, but i think that has always been the same across generations, but perhaps the types of pressure have changed.
Peer pressure can have a huge influence on your child, no matter how well you feel you are raising them. Teenagers are driven by hormones, impulses and the desire to find themselves...and that will lead to some errors in judgment and bad decisions. There are also expectations on how you should behave, who you should be friends with and how you should look.
Theres pressures around relationships with peers, dating, the need to look desirable, the need to do well at school without looking 'geeky'. There are tempations everywhere, i think moreso than in previous generations. Facebook, internet, mobiles, drugs and alcohol are easily accessible.
Its a difficult age...especially for those dealing with loss and dramatic change like the two im raising now.
at 7:13 AM on Dec. 17, 2010