Puberty and adolescence are not the same. Puberty is the process of physical changes, which involves the development of sexual organs, beginning of periods in girls and facial hair growth in boys. Adolescence is the time when the teenager goes through emotional and psychological changes. Parenting a teenager in this growing phase can be challenging. Sponsored. A child becomes an adolescent and also hits puberty during the teen years. So yes, they are going through a lot of change, and that can be scary! Your teen may not be at his or her best when they are trying to come to terms with the changes. How they behave around you, talk to you and deal with you and the rest of the world also changes. They may act like the stereotypical teen or worse. What they do is their reaction to the changes that come with age. How you behave with your ‘rebellious, stubborn or wild’ teen is your response to them. Your response is the only thing you can fully control. Yes, your teen is going to get on your nerves and test your patience. And yes, they will drive you crazy, making you want to give up on parenting. So here is our advice for parents of teenagers: as the adult in the relationship, you need to make the right choices. You are the one who needs to think and act, to get the desired reaction from your teen.