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Cognitive Development for your 17-year old Child

expert
Sidharth Kavadia
10 months ago
Mind
16-18
cognitive Development in child

At 17, children are about to start the last stage of their adolescence, that phase between childhood and adulthood. 17 is about the age, children usually leave the secure confines of their schools to enter into the competitive world of colleges and universities. As parents, raising a 17-year-old can be a little scary. Have you taught your teen everything she needs to know to become a responsible adult? It's important to evaluate their development and assist them in entering the real world.

Here is what to expect as your teen crosses the final threshold into manhood/womanhood:

  • Your teenybopper is now seriously thinking about her future, making plans for life after school. 

  • She has developed good organizational skills by now. Enough to allow her to juggle between her studies, extracurricular activities, and possibly, a part-time job. Kids this age have also developed their own defined work habits. For e.g. some prefer studying at night while others are early morning risers. 

  • Your youngster is moving towards being an adult and is much more controlled in her behaviour compared to the early teens. However, you can still expect reckless behaviour at times. 

  • Your teenager has an increased ability to adapt to new problems and situations.  

  • Most 17-year-olds can communicate like adults. Usage of slang is quite common among teens this age. 

  • They may also begin to grasp political, moral, social, and philosophical concepts now.

  • They are able to justify their choices better, explaining what is right and wrong. 

  • Leisure activities tend to get similar to that of adults. So, wanting to relax could mean going out with a friend to a restaurant or engaging in their favourite hobby. 

While many 17-year-olds are looking forward to life after school, others might be terrified of it. Be a support system to your teenager in helping her enter the world outside school. But don’t do too much, as this is the phase where they learn to be truly independent. 

Also, many teenagers are struggling with body image issues. Talk to them about focussing on good health more than appearance.

Stay Tuned! Stay Relevant!

This article has been reviewed by our panel. The points, views and suggestions put forth in this article have been expressed keeping the best interests of fellow parents in mind. We hope you found the article beneficial.
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• mind
• cognitive
• developement
• teenager
• growth
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