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(HealthDay News) -- The younger teen years are some of the most emotional, physical and difficult years for adolescents.

As hormones change and teens go through puberty, they may be self-conscious about their changing bodies and may worry frequently about what others think.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests things parents can do to help a young teen:

  • Be honest and direct with your teen when talking about sensitive subjects, such as drugs, drinking, smoking and sex.
  • Get to know your teen's friends.
  • Take interest in your teen's school life.
  • Help your teen make healthy choices while encouraging the teen to make his or her own decisions.
  • Respect your teen's opinions. It's important that the teen knows you are listening.
  • When there is a conflict, be clear about goals and expectations while allowing your teen to help decide how to reach those goals.

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