In the past, Parenthetical has focused on why self-care is important for parents and other adults who work with youth, and rounded up a list of 50 ways to practice self care. As important as self-care is for the adults in teens’ lives, today’s post addresses why it is also an important skill to teach and model for teens as they become more independent and transition to caring for their own well-being.
Although it may seem like your teen is purposely driving you crazy, it is worth noting that the physical, emotional, and psychological changes that occur during adolescence take a significant toll on teens’ ability to regulate their thoughts and behaviors. On top of this, many teens have a dizzying array of […]
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”― Fred Rogers I was eleven years old on September 11th, 2001. Like most adults, I don’t remember much from my middle school
Last Halloween, a woman in North Dakota planned to hand out candy to neighbor children, as is customary. However, she generated controversy when she shared the rest of her plan—to hand out a note, rather than candy, to the children whom she considered overweight. The note, addressed to the children’...
Working is often a significant milestone, a source of pride, and a lucrative experience for teens. For three years I worked for an organization that employed groups of youth, ages 14-21, in what was often their first job. When asked what employment meant to them, teens shared that it felt like their...
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