When my twins were first born, I had an endless amount of questions about child rearing.

Why aren't they sleeping through the night?

Why is their poop changing colors?

And the question I asked the most often was

Why are they always crying?

Now that my twins are teens, in many ways I feel like a new mom again since raising teens is such a perplexing and confusing experience. Their behaviors are often hard for me to figure out. Like,why do they always feel the need to close the door? Why do they want to spend every waking moment with their friends?

My initial reaction when I'm feeling bewildered (which is often) is to grab my phone and Google it. And then I wonder, how did my mother raise me without an Internet connection?

Fortunately, parents do have the ability to easily find answers to their questions which will hopefully make parenting a teenager a little less daunting. As a former counselor for adolescents in a residential facility, I can answer some common questions asked by parents of teens and also provide links to articles for more information. Here are the top eight questions most Googled by parents of teenagers.

1. Why do teens do drugs?

2. Why do teens cut themselves?

3. Why do teens drink?

4. Why do teens smoke?

5. Why do teens vape?

6. Why do teens need more sleep?

7. Why do teens get acne?

8. Why do teens commit suicide?

*This article was originally published in Your Teen (yourteenmag.com).


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Cheryl Maguire holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. She is the mother of twins and a daughter. Her writing has been published in Parents Magazine, Upworthy, "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings" and Twins Magazine. You can find her at Twitter @CherylMaguire05