Success Story: Nurturing Teens
Adolescents are working hard to understand themselves and develop a sense of identity (who they are). Therefore, at this stage their confidence can be vulnerable and they may frequently ask for approval or shut down. Determining the difference between typical teenage behavior and harmful habits can be tricky.
Sharing information about what is developmentally appropriate and learning to shift communication style can ease significant tension between parents and their teenagers. Mental gymnastics is engaged to support parent’s perspective to see the world through their adolescents view as well as with adult experience. This is a powerful combination that fosters peace.
Parents learn to determine when to nurture and challenge their teens with greater ease. Hearing caregivers learn that they can identify when there is a significant issue to discuss as opposed to responding to most teen activities with anxiety is a celebrated shift.