Teen Milestone: Asking for Privacy to Think

You may notice your teen asking for more privacy. Their rapidly developing brains are grappling with huge questions like, “Who am I?” and “Where do I fit in?” They need space as they search for answers! When they ask to be alone in their room, or it’s check-up time, and they ask to see the doctor by themselves, it doesn’t mean they’re hiding something. They may need to think things through on their own or talk to an adult whose feelings they needn’t worry about. This is a healthy step towards independence and helps in raising trusting — and trustworthy — teens.

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About Eden Pontz

Eden Pontz is Executive Producer and Director of Digital Content for CPTC. She oversees digital media content development and production for Parentandteen.com. She also writes, copyedits, and produces articles, podcasts, and videos for the site. Her pieces cover a range of topics including teen development, peer pressure, and mentoring. Eden brings years of experience as a former Executive Producer of Newsgathering at CNN, as well as a field producer, writer, and reporter for CNN and other news organizations.

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