Updated April 18, 2014
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Sixteen-year-old teens are comfortable in their own skin and know the ropes as to the life around them. They have learned much about themselves in the past few years and are able to see when they are at their best and when they are at their worst. They also see the best and worst of their parents which will gain you some criticisms and complements - oftentimes right out of the blue.
Seventeen-year-old teens are more in-control of their moods and emotions. They form stronger relationships than in the past and are able to build strong bonds with friends - no more flitting back and forth between cliques. They begin to see their future and can feel both excited and apprehensive about it. The 17-year-old teen has less conflict with parents, but will still push for more independence.