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Our teens bark back or try to get the last word for 2 reasons. 1) They don’t feel heard or honored. Teens get “defensive” with parents as a result. 2) They need to be different from us as parents in order to grow into independence. As parents, we can approach our teens with conscious communication. We can use I-Messages to communicate how disrespect feels and model how we would like to be spoken to.read more
Parent Overwhelm Solutions: 1) Take time to reflect more and do less to respect your own boundaries. 2) Use empowering affirmations with yourself and your teen. 3) Co-create supportive community with other parents.read more
A practice of mindfulness, helps teens find their own calm and inner wisdom which holds all the answers to the questions they pose. Mindful deep breathing and awareness centers teens, placing them in the present (not the anxious future or depressed past) and gives them the ease to regulate their emotions. Practically that means I coach teens to manageably break down their assignments, confront test anxiety and release depression.read more
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