The years between 12 and 16 can be a turbulent time for everyone, with school pressures, anxieties about appearance and increasing independence. Have a look at the BBC Health web pages to see what you mught do to support your teenagers:
Transition from child to teenager: understanding how your child is changing
Adolescence and your relationship: learning how to cope with the mood swings
Teenage independence: giving your child the space they need grow
Peer pressure: how your teen can be influenced by peer group pressure
Helping your teen cope with failure: learning how to manage the ups and downs in life
Your teen's mental and emotional health: helping them deal with common teenage problems
Sex: talking about sex with your teenager
Effective discipline: how to avoid provoking rebellion while disciplining your teen
Young teenagers and bullying: recognising whether your child is being bullied, or a bully
Communicating with your pre-teen: effective communication starts with listening carefully
Your relationship with your teen: how to maintain a positive relationship with your teen
Communicating with your teen: tips for keeping the communication flowing with your teen
Bullying: help you support your child if they encounter bullying at school
Starting secondary school: helping them cope with the transition to secondary school
Your teen's education: monitoring your teen's progress at school
Career choices: find out about education and career options for your teen
Coping with risky behaviour from your teen: a guide to the types of risky behaviour your teen may indulge in and how to deal with them
The law and your teen: what to do if your teenager gets into trouble with the police
The BBC Health web site has a whole section about the health and development of young people.
If you need further support then it may be useful to contact your school / Extended Services or Family Information Service. These can offer you advice and perhaps put you in touch with someone who can provide parenting programmes
Website providing advice on health matters including checking on symptoms, advising on treatment.
Children with life limiting or threatening illnesses
Support in the home and hospice care to children with life limiting or threatening illnesses, as well as to those who have been bereaved. Birmingham, the Black Country and Worcester.
For lot of useful videos on tips on how to deal with children's behaviour have a look at the Parents Channel TV web.
For 24 hour / 7 day week support for parenting and advice on children's behaviour have a look at the Parentline web.