Behavior and Daily Routines for Your 14-Year-Old

Goals to Strive For and Behaviors Parents Can Expect at Age 14

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Your 14-year-old is starting to look like the young adult they are going to become. Parents of teens need to help them establish healthy habits, take on responsibilities, and grow strong and confident in every aspect of their life from what they eat to their after-school activities. Here are some tips for getting started.

Your Teen's Diet

The 14-year-old is starting high school and will be making more and more of their own food choices.

Breakfast can be hit or miss, depending on if your teen is getting out of bed early enough to get ready and eat before going to school. Here are a few tips to get your teen some healthy nutrition during a regular day:

  • Offer grab and go breakfasts like wholesome breakfast bars or fruit.
  • Keep filling and nutritious after-school snacks that they enjoy eating available.
  • Start dinner with a salad, even if you are offering another vegetable during the meal.

Your Teen's Sleep Schedule

Teens often like to go to bed very late at night, sometimes because they find themselves unable to sleep. If your 14-year-old is having problems getting to sleep at night, here are some suggestions of things you can do to help:

  • Talk to your teen about their nightly routine. If they are keeping themselves busy until 9:30 or 10:00 at night and then expect to fall right to sleep, they are mistaken. Quiet activities for at least an hour before they want to sleep is helpful. Establish a time to unplug from the world around them.

    Your Teen and After School Activities

    High school is full of clubs and sports teams that encourage fitness. Talk to your teen about joining these. High school gyms have open to student hours as well and your teen can check into using the gym for fitness activities at those times.

    Learning how to be a fit person who exercises regularly is as important to a 14-year-old's wellness as getting the exercise they need today.

    Establishing healthy fitness habits will give your teen the advantage in keeping a healthy body for the rest of their life.

    Establishing Routines and Responsibilities for Your Teen

    Fourteen-year-olds tend to lose the moodiness that the beginning of puberty can bring and are getting used to the changes in their body and their world. They look forward to new changes as these changes come with more freedom and privileges, therefore, they stress about these changes very little.

    Freshman high school students will feel some stress because of starting in a new school that has very different rules. But if your teen sees this as another way to gain freedom and they take this step with a positive peer group, the stress will be beneficial; pushing them to do what is expected of them. It will help them mature.

    It is important for the parent of a new high school student to establish the routines and responsibilities with their 14-year-old. By setting rules and routines, you will allow your teen to use their newly found independence to grow and mature as an individual.

    When parents fail to set the foundation of rules and routines, that is when teenagers get mixed messages and have a much harder time navigating the world in which they live.

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