Teenagers need expression of love from Parents
A girl of 17 years came to my clinic with complaints of chest pain with all normal routine investigations.In detailed psychiatric interview she revealed that she is studying for competitive exams and staying in hostel. For last one year she feels that her parents are not telephoning her frequently as other girls parents are doing.She felt ignored and she did not express her feelings to her parents.Parents told me that they are not telephoning her as they do not want to disturb her in academics. This interpersonal conflict resulted in chest pain.
Other contributing factors may be academic stresses. Counselling of Child and Parents was advised. So taking care of the emotional health of child is as important as his /her physical health and intellect.
Parenting skills are like Musician’s skills.Good Musician can create good music from any type of instrument, similarly effective parenting can grow the child in all aspects of life. So Parenting is a long term investment.
Dr Aarti Midha
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