Q: I have a 17-year-old son. I need to learn some tips from you as to how to handle him at this vulnerable age? Kindly help. —Rita Answered by Seema Hingorrany clinical Psychologist/Author Rita your concern is a concern for many parents. Your son is at an important stage called adolescence which is a period of upheaval and conflict. You will realise that a child who was once co-operative and communicative suddenly has become opinionated withdrawn and rebellious. Many parents often wake up one morning to find themselves totally bewildered about how to handle this 'stranger' who used to be their child.