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  • 1. Enter Here if You Would Like More Information
    about Your Teen
  • 2. For Parents
    Joanne Neiman, MA, LPC
    1634 Walnut Street
    Boulder, Colorado 80302
  • 3. For Parents
    Staying sane
    while raising
    your teen
  • 4. 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?
  • 5. For Parents
    Teens are struck by shock of human experience
    Increased school responsibility
    Increased social complexity
    Emotional & social changes
  • 6. For Parents
    Teens have new feelings
    Self-esteem issues
  • 7. For Parents
    The Teenage Brain
    “Work in progress”
    Growth spurt in “thinking brain”
    Learning to operate efficiently
    “Use it or lose it”
  • 8. For Parents
    Teens have difficulty with
    Impulse control
    Long-term planning
    Short and long-term consequences
    Reading others’ emotions and intentions
  • 9. 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!
  • 10. 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
  • 11. 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
  • 12. For Parents
    When to ask for help
    Is your teen unreachable?
    Is he involved in risky behaviors?
    Is she “cranky,” irritable, sad, lonely, angry?
  • 13. 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?
  • 14. 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
  • 15. 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
  • 16. 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