Parents and Teens
The teenage years are hard. We all know that. Hard for teens and hard for parents.
Parents, you used to have a little “mini-me” following you around who not only loved spending time with you, but was direct in their needs, wants, and concerns. You used to hear things such as, “Mom, I need to go to the potty.” “Dad, I want to go to the park.” “Today little Johnny pushed me on the playground.”
In those moments you felt important and you felt competent in your ability to help.
Now the teenage years are upon you and it has you second-guessing your overall parenting as hormones increase and communication decreases. Your teen is trying to find a level of autonomy and independence in his/her world.
As a teen, you may feel misunderstood, unheard, and not accepted. Pressures of school, sports, family expectations are abound… or maybe you feel alone, not seen, undervalued… no matter what is happening for you, we are here for you.
Therapists listen without judgment, without expectations. We are here for you.
Therapy can support both parents and teens in the following ways:
- Respond to your teens emotions
- Get on your teens literal level
- Problem solve when given permission
- Understand the purpose of your teen or child’s behavior
- Boost Family Connections
- Enhance Child’s Self Esteem
- Effective and Engaged Family
- Communication Support
- Positive Peer Interactions
- Self-Care for Parents and Caregivers
- Self-Care for Teens
- Social Media Safety Positive Body Image
- Limit Risk Factors for Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Additional ways that parents, teens, and preteens can connect to support is through the EmpowHER Program. The EmpowHER Program offers year round support through various groups and programs to all.