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    • Enter Here if You Would Like More Information
      about Your Teen
    • For Parents
      Joanne Neiman, MA, LPC
      1634 Walnut Street
      Boulder, Colorado 80302
      303-442-4676
      www.TeenTherapyBoulder.com
    • For Parents
      Staying sane
      while raising
      your teen
    • For Parents
      No two teens are alike
      No instruction manual
      Adolescence is the most tumultuous period in human development
      Who has it harder - teens or parents?
    • For Parents
      Teens are struck by shock of human experience
      Increased school responsibility
      Increased social complexity
      Emotional & social changes
    • For Parents
      Teens have new feelings
      Insecurity
      Vulnerability
      Confusion
      Sadness
      Hostility
      Self-esteem issues
    • For Parents
      The Teenage Brain
      “Work in progress”
      Growth spurt in “thinking brain”
      Learning to operate efficiently
      “Use it or lose it”
    • For Parents
      Teens have difficulty with
      Judgment
      Impulse control
      Insight
      Long-term planning
      Organizing
      Short and long-term consequences
      Reading others’ emotions and intentions
    • For Parents
      Teens are trying to figure out
      How to do things
      What they like
      What they don’t like
      What they’re good at
      How to be in the world!
    • For Parents
      What is a parent to do?
      Don’t just tell your teen what to do
      Help them work out solutions
      Help them see possibilities
      Help your teen exercise their brain
    • For Parents
      What is a parent to do?
      Always: It’s about the relationship
      Learn to “read” your teen
      Look for openings and opportunities to connect
      Even the small moments matter
    • For Parents
      When to ask for help
      Is your teen unreachable?
      Is he involved in risky behaviors?
      Is she “cranky,” irritable, sad, lonely, angry?
    • For Parents
      When to ask for help
      Is she having difficulty with school, friends, activities, etc?
      Is he having a hard time with things that were never hard before?
      Do you worry that your teen is suicidal?
    • For Parents
      When to ask for help
      Sometimes kids need to talk to someone other than a parent, even if things aren’t so terrible
      Sometimes teens have difficulty asking for help, so parents have to ask them if they want outside help
    • For Parents
      Helping your teen imagine who they could be
      Advise & guide
      Let them be different from you
      Encourage them to try new things
      Don’t hold on too tightly
      Don’t sweat the small stuff
    • For Parents
      “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children.
      One of these is roots, the other is wings.”
      - Hodding Carter