Being a teenager is often far from easy. You may remember it as a time when your hormones were raging, your body was changing, and your self-esteem was at an all-time low. For many teens, both home and school can feel like warzones as they struggle for independence and try to fit in with their peers.
But being the parent of a teenager is just as challenging. Even if you think that your child is keeping you in the loop, chances are that he or she is dealing with some pretty serious issues and experiences that you don't even know about.
If you want to make sure that your teenager is safe, healthy and happy, staying informed and involved in his or her life is essential. The Parent to Parent Network of Northeast Ohio formed in 2005 for just this reason [source: P2PN]. When several teenagers in Ohio's Westlake community lost their lives as a result of alcohol and drug abuse and mental illness, a group of parents and volunteers joined forces to prevent more young lives from being lost. Today, the Parent to Parent Network works with 20 communities in three counties to communicate, educate and network with parents about the difficult issues that school-age children face [source: Youth4Youth].
The Parent to Parent Network offers a wide variety of resources, events, programs and information to help both parents and their children navigate through the challenges of elementary school, middle school, high school and beyond. It addresses everything from bullying and peer pressure to dating and social networking. To learn more about how you can use the Parent to Parent Network to help you and your family, read on to the next page.