I wouldn't say the teenage years are the hardest years of every person's life, but they certainly are for some. A teenager's body is going through some drastic changes to prepare itself for adulthood. Not only are the changes physical, but mental as well. They don't think and reason like they did as little children; they start thinking more with their feelings and emotions rather than with their reason and sensibilities. Life seems more drastic and dramatic.
Wise parents recognize and welcome the changes they see in their teens and realize their little boy or girl is no longer a child, but becoming a young adult. Our teens need lots of love, understanding, compassion, and support to help them weather the changes they are going through. If we do, they will make it through those hard "teen" years and turn out to be pretty good adults.