The toughest time in a parent-child relationship is when the child goes through puberty
. Due to the sudden spurt of various hormones, lot of sudden changes in the physical as well as mental attitude of children occur and this is when a well- oriented parent is needed. Adolescence, as this phase of life is called, is likely to last until all the hormonal
spurts are gone and attain a stable adult level and it means up to the age of 19-21 years.You can best deal with such children by trying to be friends with them and not by trying to control them. Try to guide them and do not let them enter pit falls which is very likely in this age group. You can also take advice from a psychologist
if you think you cannot cope all by yourself. Good luck.