By: Dr. Erica Wollerman
Welcome to 2020! I know this year has started off busily for many families. I thought it would be a great idea to restart our Parenting Teens Blog Series! As you may remember, we have talked about a lot of reasons why it is hard to not only BE a teen these days, but to PARENT a teen as well.
Here are some highlights from past blogs in this series before you check out the post about how teens are so over scheduled these days below!
Check out this post about lacking down time below as well! We hope you are enjoying this series!
Unfortunately, our whole world seems to be impacted by a sense of overwhelm and feeling overscheduled. At Thrive, we see this all the time with our teen clients in particular. We often work with teens who are highly motivated and pursuing so much in their lives, which is incredible to see but also at times worrisome. I only use that word because I am concerned about the pace that life seems to go at for our teens. We have teens using their free periods at school to come and fit in therapy because otherwise they can’t even make it tto our office (where we have evening and weekend sessions available) due to their demanding schedules.
I am concerned about the lack of downtime for many reasons but here are the highlights:
As you can see, there are many reasons to be worried about the pace of life for teens in America. A topic I often talk about with the teens I work with is the concept of cause and effect. It is just not possible to spend week after week, let alone year after year, with little down time and far too little sleep (some of the teens I work with sleep around 4 hours a night!) and not have some negative consequences. For every action, there is a reaction even if it is not immediate and it is important for parents to know this so that they can help their teens manage their schedules, responsibilities, or goals more effectively.
If you would like to talk more about parenting your teen with a Thrive therapist, contact us today!
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