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

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

Raising a 15-year-old can be an interesting challenge.
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Age 15 is often a time when teenagers start to become more like adults and less like children. For some parents, this transition can be difficult. For others, the increased responsibility is a welcome change. 

Monitor Your Teen's Diet and Nutrition

Most 15-year-olds spend much of their time with friends. That means, it can be harder to have regular family meals.

It may also mean your teen is more likely to grab fast food with her buddies.

Your teen's friends may also have other influences on her eating habits. Perhaps she'll want to be a vegetarian because her friends don't eat meat. Or maybe she'll insist on eating a low carb diet because her friends say it's best to avoid bread.

It's important to keep an eye on what your teen is eating. Let her make her own choices but serve healthy meals. This is a time when many teens experience body image issues and sometimes, that leads to crash diets or major changes in eating habits. 

Encourage a Good Night's Sleep

Most 15-year-olds have busy schedules. And many of them insist on staying up late too as a away to become more independent.  

But sleep-deprivation could cause many problems from your growing teenager. Physical health problems, mental health issues, and academic struggles may stem from a lack of sleep. Safety issues can also become a problem if your teen isn't getting enough shut-eye.

 

Establish healthy strategies that will encourage your teen to get plenty of rest. For example, take away your teen's smartphone at a certain time every night—like 9 p.m. Screen time can be a major reason teens stay up too late and struggle to wake up on time for school.

Encourage Plenty of Exercise

Fifteen-year-old teens can be are all over the growth chart.

Some of them reach their adult height and weight, but others have a long way to go. No matter your teen's size, it's essential to promote healthy physical activity.

If your teen plays sports, she may be getting enough exercise. But, if sports aren't her thing, it's important to help her find a physical activity she enjoys.

Rather than force her to try out for basketball or insist she join the cross country team, help her find something she really wants to do. Going for a daily walk or a bike ride, kayaking, or swimming could be activities she enjoys more than being on a team sport.

Role model an active lifestyle and get your teen involved in activities with you. Go hiking as a family or try a new exercise class in your community together. 

Teach Your Teen to Manage Stress

Many 15-year-olds start to experience more stress than ever before. Dating often becomes an issue. Academic pressure increases. And many teens start worrying about the future. 

Rather than insist your teen, "calm down," or "quit worrying," teach stress management strategies she can use for the rest of her life.

Meditation, yoga, exercise, talking to a friend, and changing the way she thinks about stress are just a few strategies that can help her manage her emotions.

Set Rules and Follow Through with Consequences

Many 15-year-olds insist they know everything. They want all the privileges of adults have but they usually aren't equipped to handle that much responsibility.

Set rules that will help your teen stay safe. Create a reasonable curfew, set limits on electronics, and assign chores.

When your teen shows she can be responsible by following your rules, allow her to have more freedom. When she breaks the rules, lies, or violates your trust, tighten the reigns. 

Effective consequences for 15-year-olds usually include the loss of privileges. Take away her smartphone, ground her from seeing her friends, or restrict her laptop use when necessary.

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