The life of a teenager seems to change daily. Constantly exposed to new ideas, social situations and people, Teenagers work to develop their personalities and interests during this time of great change. Before their teenage years, these adolescents focused on school, play, and gaining approval from their parents. One of the reasons many of us find it so hard is because it is a time of rapid physical development and deep emotional changes. These are exciting, but can also be confusing and uncomfortable for children and parents alike. Many teenagers see life as something that's about to begin. They are full of hope and optimism, envisioning futures of possibility, prosperity, passion, positive relationships, and perfect happiness. Too young to be jaded, the optimism of adolescence can be a powerful resilience buffer when things get tough. The teenage years bring many changes, not only physically, but also mentally and socially. During these years, adolescents increase their ability to think abstractly and eventually make plans and set long-term goals. Each child may progress at a different rate and may have a different view of the world.