The teenage years are tough! And if we should forget, all we as parents and guardians have to do is remember!
And yet, besides the new and confusing hormones and life changes, I’ve found that most teenagers want what we want! They want respect and understanding, as well as boundaries and guidance. They want to be listened to; they want to know they’re important enough to be heard—even if, in the end, you still say, “No!” Teenagers want you to be honest with them! They want you to be truthful—no sugar coated stories or wishful thinking or empty promises!
One of the hardest things about being the parent of a teenager is standing your ground when you’ve made a rule and your son or daughter says, “But everyone else is doing it…has one…says it, etc! On the other hand, sometimes, it can be OK to apologize to your teenager when you know you’ve been hasty! They’ll know you’re big enough to do hard things!
Here are some things to consider:
1. Teens tend to do well with on-line therapy. It permits them to be removed from the therapist’s presence, to be at arm’s length, and teens seem to prefer that arrangement.
2. I am an ‘older’ therapist as opposed to a ‘younger’ therapist and am not well-versed in the current social media and music that the majority of teens enjoy.
3. I believe that YOU, the parent(s) or guardians, are the MOST important people in your teen’s life. Now that he or she is in his or her teens, their course has been pretty well set, but changes can still take place! Much, though certainly not all, will depend on you and your example. I will want to work with your teen and you and will require your support!
Together, we can help your teen navigate successfully!
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- Parenting issues
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Marilyn is a professional who has provided timely and punctual assistance for my son.
Marilyn is a great listener and her expertise has been welcomed in my challenging times. Her level of understanding is definitely helping me through this process.