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The adolescent years are a time of great change — socially, academically, and at home.

In their quest for greater independence, preteens and teenagers want to make more choices for themselves. This change in roles for parents and children can be stressful on the family — but it doesn’t have to be. Working together as a family establishing goals and expectations can smooth the way for adolescents moving into young adulthood.

Siblings — older and younger — may have conflicted feelings about a brother's or sister’s bleeding disorder. Communicating with them and making special time for each child in the family can help lessen and address their concerns.

As children with a bleeding disorder take on more responsibility for their care, however, the entire family remains part of the overall management, especially when developing an emergency preparedness plan.

As the adolescent with a bleeding disorder takes on more responsibility at home, going to a camp designed for them can help build confidence. This is especially so in learning to self-infuse.

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