Young people going through the process of adolescence need what they have always needed from their parents. They want your love, your support, your encouragement, your nurture, acceptance and attention. The difference for teenagers is that while children need their parents to be in the lead, pulling them along, directing their steps and making the important decisions, teenagers need to be side by side. There are particular skills that support children in learning how to manage for themselves, to trust their own judgment and develop their own skills.
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And it can be hard to manage on your own. One conversation can make all the difference in the world. It just takes a simple text. No issue is too small or too great. No two stories are the same, because no two people are the same. All of our counselors are trained to help texters deal with their unique situations.
Did you Know? Libraries have a strong track record of providing a variety of key services that meet the unique needs of teens. Make sure your teen has a library card. If needed, print this flier and take it to your nearest library.
We can raise children who are well-prepared to bounce back from adversity, but we must never believe that resilience means invulnerability. But all people reach their limits sometimes. Sometimes we need to seek out professional help. For all its pleasures and sometimes pain, adolescence is a time of heightened emotions. Our children may come to us silently with subtle signs only we recognize.