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How to understand the teenage brain
David Schwartz LMFT
Adults often applaud everything their child does. While praising effort is good, acting as if it should always lead to extraordinary results can hinder their futures.
What do the Super Bowl and family dinners have in common? They are both shared experiences that help create family connections, now and for the future.
Children start off with the joy of freely expressing themselves. Adults need to be aware of the power of their words and the dangers of criticizing them instead of supporting them.
When parents criticize free-spirited behavior by children, the child may perceive that they are not accepted for who they are. This can inadvertently damage their self-confidence.
Unresolved feelings of resentment can be felt throughout a home. By working through problems to resolve issues, we can help to model healthier behavior for our children.
We all want our kids to like us and feel close to us. However, there is one clear reason why we cannot truly be friends with our children.
Children can be quite literal. When we say things we don't mean out of anger, children often believe us. That's why it's so important to be responsible with our language.
When we teach our children ethics and morality, are we helping them to live better lives, or are we potentially hindering their chances of success in our society?
Many parents today manage their child's activities, everything from homework to chores. What if the child was able to take over the responsibility of managing those activities?
Making activities fun for children can help create positive memories and strong family bonds. A little creativity can even turn into new family traditions.
Are children getting the message that fairness and morality are less important than winning at all costs? Could this lead to a belief that ethics have become an antiquated concept?
Today, more than ever, adolescents need to develop critical-thinking skills, so they do not rely only on headlines and sound bites to shape their views of the world.
Finding interests of their own can help children become happier and feel more fulfilled. It can develop self-identity and also help reduce dangerous behaviors.
When your happy child turns into an unhappy teenager, a number of changes can occur. One of the most difficult is when they treat you like you no longer matter in their life.
Adults often try to shield children from stress in the family, but children can pick up on these emotions and become overwhelmed. Talking with them can help reduce their anxiety.
Racism and other prejudices can easily be absorbed by children. Adults who make derogatory comments based on someone's race or gender can negatively affect a child's belief system.
When children believe they've not met our expectations or disappointed us in some way, it can lead to feelings of guilt and shame that can harm how they feel about themselves.
When teenage girls struggle with their self-image, it can lead to depression and feelings of hopelessness. Those feelings can take a dangerous turn if not recognized.
As adults, we are often unaware of the long-term impact of the words we use with children. It's important to realize that our words are powerful.
You'd be amazed at how big a difference really listening to the children in your household can make. It can help increase their self-image and confidence in themselves.
Teenagers may not understand the full threat of COVID-19. Making sure they know the importance of taking proper safety precautions can help protect your family and community.
Teenagers have their own ways of communicating that can often seem disrespectful to adults. Here are seven tips that can help adults communicate more effectively with teens.
When children and adolescents discover their own interests and passions, it can help them develop an inner motivation which can aid them immeasurably throughout their lives.
Who can relate better to teenagers, Superman or Spider-Man? Develop your own superpowers to become more effective with the adolescents in your life.
How often can a child hear the word “no” before it begins to damage their self-esteem? When correcting children and adolescents can cause more harm than good.
Teenagers struggle with insecurities just like the rest of us. As a result, they often have a desire to appear more confident than they really are.
When a teenager understands the value of making commitments—and then following through on them—it can give them a real advantage in life.
Having an argumentative, complaining teenager may not be all bad. It may actually be part of their healthy development.
David Schwartz, LMFT, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works with adolescents, adults, couples, and families in Westlake Village, California.