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Raising the Adolescent… Current ways of measuring psychological intelligence.

Emotional Quotient- EQ – measure of ability to maintain personal relationships. Intelligent Quotient (IQ) – measure of level of comprehension. Adversity Quotient (AQ) – measure of ability to maintain social links. Your adolescent needs a bit of all of the above to manage their own life path. The world in which parents dictated to their children has changed. Adolescents participate in their development through negotiation (with clear boundaries set). Try and avoid coercing them into living your life through them. At best, they will rebel, often with awful consequences. At best, they will suppress their true emotions and develop psychological problems eventually. Communicate with them. Listen to them. Let them have a voice without dismissing all their opinions . You cannot expect your adolescent to be assertive at school if you dismiss whatever they say at home. Guide them within the boundaries you have negotiated with them. Mistakes will be made on both sides but lessons will be learnt. Support them. Validate, guide, accept and acknowledge their ongoing awareness and psychological development. There will be tears but with maturity, they will appreciate your efforts and you will appreciate how independent your adolescent will become. Love them no matter what. It will be alright in the end. 🤞


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