10 to 16 years

Just a child - now a teenager: when your own children become teenagers, a new chapter approaches the family. The onset of puberty marks the beginning of a time of upheaval for parents and children. Find out more about the changes and development during this age phase. The information on the Familienportal.NRW as well as answers to frequently asked questions can help to get through this sometimes turbulent time well together.

All parents want a suitable school for their child for a successful school career. In addition to comprehensive school and high school, there are many other options. The Education and Care topic area offers you an overview of the range of secondary schools and school types in NRW.

In puberty, new topics are always coming up: How does the parental balancing act between holding on and letting go succeed? How do parents address the issue of contraception? How can parents protect their child from addiction? We have compiled initial information, links and downloads on these and many other questions. If you would like professional advice, you are welcome to contact one of the parenting advice centers in NRW free of charge. You can find an overview of the contact points in the Counseling section.

It is also worthwhile to click on the Financial & Formal section. In addition to tips on pocket money, you can find out which tax benefits parents benefit from and which ways you can use to apply for state benefits for families.




Tips for parents whose child is traveling alone for the first time

When children travel alone for longer periods of time for the first time, it is just as exciting for many parents as it is for their offspring. Here you can find out what parents should look out for when planning their first solo trip.


Help on the way to training

The Berufseinstiegsbegleitung NRW supports pupils in making a successful transition to vocational training. Find out what the requirements are, what the support looks like and where you can find all the information you need.


Subsidized loan "Home ownership for families"

Families with children will receive the "Home ownership for families" loan with improved conditions from 16.10.2023. The income limits and maximum loan amounts have been raised to support housing construction.


Familienportal.NRW: Available in 8 languages!

From now on, all content on the Familienportal.NRW is also available in English, French, Italian, Polish, Turkish, Romanian and Ukrainian with just one click.


Maintenance advance: Digital as of now

What do you have to do to apply for maintenance advance? Questions and answers about the maintenance advance, the amount, the prerequisites and the digital application at a glance!

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