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At Sixteen

The Psychological Pressures

Sixteen is roughly the halfway stage of teenage. Ironically “Sweet Sixteen” is the age when the fear of the future begins to haunt the child. Children at this age are in the final years of schooling. They worry about their performance in the exams, their choice of a career and whether they will get admission in the course of their choice. Parents must advise their children to concentrate on their studies and the exams without worrying about their career options. Career can be decided once the results are known. Parents should also guide their children as to the best way of approaching exams and how to perform the best that the child is capable of.

There are a number of drugs available that ostensibly help in improving memory power. Their mechanism of action is to increase the blood supply to the brain but whether this actually increases the memory power is debatable. However, the child feels that once he has taken the tablets, his memory power will improve and it is this psychological reaction that is thought to produce the most benefit. Moreover many of these drugs can produce side effects like drowsiness and they should never be used without the doctor’s approval.

In the late teens, children can acquire habits like smoking, drinking or drugs. It is to a great extent the family environment and the friends the child has that determine whether a child becomes addicted to these vices. If the child is in the company of good friends, more than half the problems will be solved. Parents should begin to treat their children as responsible adults and should set an example for their offspring.


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