National Good Teen Day is celebrated annually on January 16. Do you realize that the transitional phase of adolescence can be a difficult one, as teenagers are just getting to discover their own unique identities? This day helps parents and everyone alike, recognize the efforts put in by teenagers to successfully go through a unique phase in their lives, and appreciate them.
History of National Good Teen Day
Adolescence is a transitional stage of physical and psychological development that is generally associated with the teenage years. During this period, there is an identity development stage in the teen life cycle. For most, the search for identity begins with more openness to trying on different behaviors and appearances to discover who they are. Growing while maintaining an identity in this period is a difficult task due to multiple factors such as family life, environment, and social status.
In 1995, the U.S. Congress, by Public Law 103 – 463, designated the day in celebration of teens throughout the nation. Congress authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of the day, which he — William J. Clinton — went on to do, urging all Americans to observe with appropriate programs and activities.
The holiday is known to have roots tracing back to Salem City schools of Ohio where they praised the desirable qualities of every teen in their school, and the trend has continued to date.
Many teenagers from the past and present have gotten a stereotype of either being excellent or problematic. National Good Teen Day is meant to observe various qualities of teens across the board during this phase of their lives. It helps appreciate them for who they are and encourages them that they are loved and cherished.
National Good Teen Day timeline
The media presents teenagers in terms of generational rebellion.
The number of employed 16-year-old teenagers in China reaches 50%.
Less than 25% of China’s teenagers are employed during this period.
A report shows teens being unable to cope with cyberbullying is linked to depression.
National Good Teen Day FAQs
What is normal teenage behavior?
Typical teenage behaviors include withdrawing from family to focus more on themselves and friends.
Is being a teenager the best time of life?
The teenage years are great because it is the only time of life when one is free from the responsibilities of adulthood while still having the joys from transitory childhood.
Why are many teens so anxious?
Anxiety during teenage years typically results from the body transformation — looks and feelings; social acceptance, and conflicts about independence.
What are the Causes of Teenage Depression?
Many factors increase the risk of triggering or developing depression in teenagers, including negative self-esteem, bullying, stress, and academic problems, among others.
How to Celebrate National Good Teen Day
Encourage a teenager who shows good behavior
Pick out a teen or two and celebrate their good conduct, either with words of affirmation or gifts. They will appreciate this and feel encouraged to keep being the best version of themselves.
Perform activities with teenagers
Whether you have them as a friend, son or daughter, or a niece or nephew, take a timeout to engage in fun and meaningful activities with your teenagers this day. It will do much in helping you both relate and bond better.
Introduce teens to beneficial associations
Introduce teenagers to available associations like Developmental Intervention Science that conducts youth interventions. They mutually assist both the needs of the community as well as psychologically stranded youth focusing on risky and inappropriate behaviors while promoting positive self-development among adolescents.
5 Facts About The Teenage Years That Will Fascinate You
Influenced by genes
Every individual's timetable for puberty is hereditary, although environmental factors, such as diet and exercise, also exert some influences.
Development can be earlier or later than normal
Due to genes passed on from parents and environmental factors, there can be precocious or delayed puberty.
Stronger bones develop
During puberty, bones become stronger and can be more brittle.
Rapid cognitive development occurs
Thoughts start taking more of an abstract form, and the individual begins to think and reason in a wider perspective.
More risks are taken
This phase is when people are most prone to try out new things; these may include negative things such as drugs, experimenting with sex, crime, and other illegal activities.
Why We Love National Good Teen Day
It highlights the value of teenagers
This day helps show that teenagers are not always the rude and difficult people they are often perceived to be. It shows that the young adults are just trying to figure life out and helps everyone see how valuable they are.
It creates a healthy atmosphere for bonding
With a day like this, parents can easily spend time relaxing and bonding with their teenage children. It goes a long way to build a healthy parent-child relationship.
It spurs teens to keep doing their best
When people are valued, supported, and encouraged, they learn to do more of what they are encouraged to do.
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