How to Help Teens Weather Their Emotional Storms

How to Help Teens Weather Their Emotional Storms

Here’s a great read for parents about how to help their teens through emotional times.

– JoAnn

How to Help Teens Weather Their Emotional Storms

By Lisa Damour

Trying to help a deeply upset teenager — perhaps one undone by a social slight or flipping out about an upcoming test — is among the most common and stressful challenges in all of parenting. Amid all that stress, it’s easy for well-meaning adults to make missteps.

More often than not, we jump in with earnest questions or suggestions: “Any chance you did something that hurt your friend’s feelings?” or “Would it help if I quizzed you on what you’ve studied so far?” But, despite our best intentions, these efforts often seem to only agitate our teenagers further.

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