Behavior and Daily Routines: Your 15-Year-Old Teen

15-Year-Old Teens, Goals to Strive For and Behaviors Parents Can Expect

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Your 15-year-old teen is making more of their own decisions, they are dating or thinking about dating and they want some more independence. Parents of a fifteen-year-old should continue to keep the lines of communication open, have some give and take when it comes to setting up the rules but stick to your guns once the rules are set.

Teen Wellness Issue: Diet and Nutrition

A 15-year-old teen is starting to hang out more with their friends and will be picking up on any good/bad eating habits they have.

This could mean that your teen is eating way too much pizza and fries because the local hang out is the eatery around the corner from their high school or it could mean your teen is insisting they become a vegetarian.

Again, teens making their own decisions about the food they eat means we have to allow them to make their mistakes and to take their own paths. But we can supplement, like giving them a daily vitamin or having good food for them when they are home. We can limit, allowing them to hang out at the eatery once or twice a week, instead of every day.

Teen Wellness Issue: Sleep

A 15-year-old teen not only has more homework to do as a sophomore in high school, an active social life and an overflowing amount of energy, they also do not like to go to sleep at night or get out of bed in the morning. While the I'm not tired is similar to the same words you heard when they were 14-year-olds, at the age of 15, they have this independence stuff down pat and they really like flexing those muscles.

Bedtime is a popular target for the 15-year-old teen.

Parents should try and monitor their teen's sleeping habits and talk to them about keeping a healthy sleep schedule. This can be difficult, as many times you will be going to sleep before they do. Starting a 'lights out' parenting contract with your teen while explaining to your 15-year-old that you are more than willing to allow them to set their own time to go to sleep if you feel they understand the importance sleep is to their health and if they will make informed choices.

Teen Wellness Issue: Exercise

Fifteen-year-old teens, in general, are all over the growth chart. Some are at their adult height and weight, some aren't. But there is one thing they all have in common: They need a healthy fitness habit and they aren't getting it at school. Even if your teen's high school has gym class and your teen is an athlete, they haven't gotten a fitness habit. They are just being forced to participate in a class or they enjoying playing a sport. A fitness habit is something a person does because they know it's healthy for them and they want to enjoy the benefits.

You can get your teen involved in healthy fitness activities by looking around at dance classes, fitness centers, wellness programs in your area and see what they have to offer your teen and family. Have your teen ask their friends where they go and what they do. Getting peers involved will help your 15-year-old teen get excited about getting fit.

Teen Wellness Issue: Stress

Dating and relationships becomes a stressful issue at age 15 for many teenagers.

It is an age in which teens start looking at their peers and measuring potential life-mates. Which is good right? Except that they are so critical of everyone's tiniest faults and verbal about what they think. Girlfriends offer advice to girls in their peer group that borders on sounding like complete insults and boys, who aren't always thinking about girlfriends at this age, will be hounded down until they find one.

Dating causes a lot of stress for a 15-year-old teen. Help your teen by keeping it real: know that they are figuring it out, keep lines of communication open and try not to freak out if they share something that is a bit shocking.

Behaviors, Responsibilities, and Discipline

Curfews become very important to a 15-year-old teen as being social and going out on their own at night is a standard privilege for this age. Your teen will want to push their limits on curfew times, so you will need to make your expectations very clear. Write it down and avoid any confusion later. Also, you will need to know where your teen is and who they are with to help avoid any problem behaviors. If your teen is okay with coming home at curfew and answering your questions, then by all means allow them the privilege of going out with friends at night.

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