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Children today seem to have the weight of the world on their shoulders, or at least they seem to think they do. It’s not uncommon to walk down the street and see them dressed in black clothing from head to toe, hear them voicing their frustrations loudly to whomever will listen, or simply see them scowl at the world. Unfortunately, this behavior is not isolated to teens, who parents have accepted as the “angry, angst-filled” segment of the population; it can be witnessed in younger children aged, three to thirteen, as well. With busy social calendars, more toys, clothes, and gadgets to their names than any other generation in the history of the world, and more income at their disposal than previous generations – it brings to mind the question of exactly what do these children have to be angry about?
As parents we are always concerned about the safety of our children. When they were little we covered outlets, locked cabinets, and made sure they were wearing seat belts. As they got older, we taught them to dial 911 in an emergency and wear a bicycle helmet. As ‘tweens and teens, they still need our helping hands to keep them safe—perhaps now more than ever.
Teenagers can behave in strange ways that often mystify adults. For some parents their teen's moods or actions keep them up at night.