One day you have got a cute and cuddly tween with a soft belly and an undying love of all things Disney. Then, overnight they stretch and change, start rolling their eyes and muttering under their breath.
And before you know it, their flailing limbs are all over every inch of your sofa, they are hogging the remote and they really care about trainer brands. Welcome to parenting a teenager.
From age 12 or 13 right up to adulthood, your baby goes through non-stop changes in body and mind, not to mention socially. It is a lot for you, as a parent, to deal with, but it’s even harder work for them. With hormones running rampant and pressures mounting to pass exams, choose a future plan and find their place in the world, being a teenager can be tough.
They will probably shrug off your offers of advice, but one easy change you can help them to make is this Holland and Barrett Growing and Active Teens vitamin tablet, a simple one-a-day supplement formulated to support growing and changing bodies as they develop from little kid, to fully formed adult.
Helping teens stay healthy
Some teenagers love to get out and about, exercising and eating well to fuel their body. But many, even those who participate in sports, tend to make poor choices when it comes to their health.
As a parent, it can be hard to accept the sudden autonomy our teens gain as they get older, but there are ways to give them the tools they need to help them take care of their physical and psychological wellbeing. Including your teen in cooking tasks at home, setting aside your own devices in favour of talking about your day and getting into the habit of taking a daily multivitamin are all simple ways to help your teenager to develop easy to maintain, healthy habits to benefit mind and body
Calcium for growing teens
During teen-dom, your child is going through huge physical changes, becoming a fully fledged adult. This physical growth is astonishingly quick, seeming to take place overnight, and as such, it can put a real strain on bones and muscles, leading to so-called growing pains. That is why we include calcium in our Growing and Active Teens supplement.
The main mineral in human bones, calcium is important for good bone health, keeping our essential structure strong and healthy. Calcium also helps to regulate our muscle function and supports normal neurotransmission in the body.
Magnesium to support mind and body
Being a teenager can be a frightening experience nowadays. That is part of the reason we have included magnesium in our supplement for growing teens. Important for psychological health and functioning of our nervous system, magnesium is thought by some experts to be one of the most important minerals.
Additionally, magnesium can help maintain healthy bones and teeth and also help reduce tiredness and fatigue; useful for teenagers who are always on the go, socialising and learning in large groups and staying up far later than their parents would like.