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Why Do Teenagers Need So Much Sleep
School days may be tough on both parents and teens. Teenagers are going through a rapid time of growth, hormonal changes, and socialization. This can mean late nights and not-so-great early mornings. It is helpful to know the reasons why they need more sleep than adults. This article goes over the reasons why, when you should be concerned, and tips to help them get their rest.
Why Do Teenagers Sleep So Much?
The life of a teenager can be busy. Studies show that teenagers need at least 9 and ¼ hours of sleep each night. On average, they only get about 7 and ¼ or maybe even less. During these years, they are doing their most growing and developing. Since they may have some late nights and early mornings, you may catch them napping at the drop of a hat. Here are some of the common reasons why teens sleep so much:
1. Tight Schedules
With school and activities, teens can have a very busy schedule. School days begin early and end mid-afternoon. Some kids have after-school sports or clubs, and then on to hours of homework once they get home. This, plus other activities may keep them up later than their bodies can handle leading to fatigue.
Older teens may juggle school, homework, and work a job after they get out of school. While child labor rules may require they be out of work by a certain hour on school nights, they may have to do their homework after they get off work.
Teens who have a busy schedule are also competing with the energy needs to grow and develop. This can cause profound fatigue for a growing body, and make them sleep more. Busy schedules can also bring on the pressure to keep it all together and can lead to mood swings, depression, and anxiety. Read More
How to Be a Good Parent
Parenting is mostly instinctive for most people and a little of teaching from our own childhood caregivers. It is a worry that is perfectly normal for any new expecting parents. You may already know some of what you need to know, but some helpful tips can ease your worries. This article will go over some ways that you can be sure you are doing the best for your baby, through toddler years, and on into the teens.
How to Be a Good Parent
The problem is, children don’t come with instruction manuals. If you have never had a child, fear of the unknown details of parenting can be daunting. You can rest assured that once your baby is born, you will just know what to do mostly by basic instinct. However, some details are learned over time.
You will know when to feed your child when to diaper them, bathe them, and rock them to sleep. What you will need to know, are the things that help your child grow into a stable and functional adult.
1. Model Good Behavior
Your child will learn most of what he or she knows from watching how you do things. If you are trying to be a good parent and show your child right from wrong, you have to do those things yourself. Children learn by imitating others, and they watch parents and teachers very closely.
The model being loving, the model being positive, give them empathy, and most of all show respect if you want respect.
Be a good listener. Your child will need to know they can talk to you about anything. If you are a good listener to your child, chances are they will be a better listener when you are trying to communicate with them. Make sure when you communicate with your child, you use soft or firm tones in your voice, and do not yell. Studies show that yelling at children is ineffective. They will shut down and not hear anything you say. Read More