Emotional Changes: Twelfth Grade

Twelfth Grade • You will probably notice your adolescent begin to face up to adulthood: That can mean anything from acting condescending toward you as she gains confidence in her own adult-like abilities ("Are you sure that's how you want to cut that carrot?") to seeking full financial dependence from you. However, that is becoming decreasingly the case: It appears to be a trend for adolescents to remain financially dependent upon their parents well into their 20s.

• One benefit of your teen's increased confidence and independence is your new ability to hear new and interesting information from her and her friends. They will be able to share stories at the dinner table that you haven't heard, tell you about people you're unaware of, and generally spice things up. Your teenager will probably become more tolerant of your opinions and may even start to return to your values.

• If she's feeling adrift, unsure of what she wants to do with her adult life, she'll begin the process of "finding herself" by trying on different lifestyles and careers. She's experimenting before committing herself to one role; this process often occurs between age 18 and 24.

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