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Understandably, then, for both adolescents and their parents, adolescence is a timeof excitement and of anxiety; of happiness and of troubles; of discovery and ofbewilderment; and of breaks with the past and yet of links with the future. Adolescencecan be, then, a confusing time--for the adolescent experiencing this phase of life; for theparents who are nurturing the adolescent during his or her progression through thisperiod; for other adults charged with enhancing the development of youth during thisperiod of life, and--with disturbing, historically unprecedented frequency--for adolescentswho themselves find themselves in the role of parents.
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Thus, parenting is a complex process, involving much more than a mother orfather providing food, safety, and succor to an infant or child. Parenting involvesbidirectional relationships between members of two (or more) generations; can extendthrough all or major parts of the respective life spans of these groups; may engage allinstitutions within a culture (including educational, economic, political, and social ones);and is embedded in the history of a people--as that history occurs within the natural anddesigned settings within which the group lives . Given, then, thetemporal variation that constitutes history, the variation of culture and of its institutionsthat exist in different physical and designed ecological niches, and the variation, withinand across generations, in strategies for and behaviors designed to fit with these niches,we may note that diversity is a key substantive feature of parenting behavior. Focus onthis variation, rather than on central tendencies, is necessary in order to understandparenting adequately. In addition, there are multiple levels of organization that change inand through integrated, mutually interdependent or "fused" relationships; theserelationships occur over both ontogenetic and historical time ;. As such, context, as well as diversity, is an importantfeature of parenting.