• Most 11th-graders seem more stable about their life changes. A lot is probably happening in their lives, but there's less melodrama than before. However, he'll still need to feel supported by you: Just because he's keeping more to himself doesn't mean he couldn't use some words of admiration every once in a while.
• You'll probably find this year marked by your teen's growing desire for his own personal space, so you'll want to make sure he has his own territory. Try giving him the freedom to decorate his room to his taste. He's now starting to make decisions based on his experiences and not by the seat of his pants. He's also less shocked by the sometimes harsh or surprising realities of his and your world. He may be able to see shades of gray in your arguments that help him understand your point of view on politics, for instance. He may even start to give you advice, which you may or may not want. Try not to patronize him when he does, but also make it clear when such words of wisdom are unnecessary. You don't want him to worry that you're incapable of making decisions without him.
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