Teen Milestone: Analyzing Feelings
You know the saying: “Little kids, little problems. Big kids, big problems,” but a more accurate contrast would be simple vs. complex. Your baby may not understand that they are hungry, wet, or tired, but they also don’t need to think too hard: They cry, you solve the problem. Teen feelings are complex because their situations are complex. Navigating friendships, balancing school work, and worrying about the future are all complex problems. Your teen is learning to recognize their feelings and work backward to find the cause to reach the “complex kids, complex problems” (analyzing their feelings) milestone.