Assure your teen that everyone develops at different rates and that it's normal for some teens to mature faster than others. This has to do with different parts of their brains developing at slightly different rates. Encourage your child to brainstorm several solutions to a problem before taking action. They may become less literal and more figurative. When your teen makes mistakes, look at it as an opportunity to help them sharpen their skills. And during this time, it becomes more important than ever to fit in with peers.