Even if you feel close to your son or daughter, the teenage years are often difficult. They have to cope with much more on their own, and probably won't want your help. But they still need you there as much as when they were small.
Your family or friends are an essential source of advice, however there are also many organisations and useful websites to help parents of teenagers. We've grouped these into topics - click on the topic headings below
Some good general sources of information and advice for parents of teenagers. Understanding and talking to your teenager.
Covers a wide range of risky behaviour. Mood swings and hormones. Online safety, sexting, grooming, bullying.
Practical advice if you are caring for a young person with a disability. Additional support for learning. Wheelchair accessible places to go.
Scottish curriculum, exams and careers. Rights to education, exclusion from school. Learning support and involvement with school.
Food and healthy eating. Healthy living and exercise. Teeth and dental care. Depression, anxiety and mental health. Long-term health problems.
Growing up, sex and respectful relationships. Sexuality, sexual behaviour and pornography. Family relationships and leaving home.