By age 14, teens should be able to perform all of the basic chores you do around the house. Key Milestones Strong interest in romantic relationships Anxious to be liked Has a large social circle including friends of both sexes. Your year-old may seem less communicative at times. Key Milestones Focuses on the future develops Starts to set personal goals May challenge the assumptions and solutions presented by adults. Many year-olds become more easy-going as they mature. Texting and social media are often very important at this age. You might consider paying your teen to do the jobs you might pay someone else to do, like mow the lawn or wash the car. Most teens experience great fluctuations in their self-esteem.