This book offers clear, actionable ways for parents and educators to create and strengthen relationships with teens during a key time of growth and development. With an emphasis on mindfulness, non-violent communication, and rooted in what we know about brain and social development during the adolescent years, this book is a great resource for anyone who is struggling to understand how to support and connect with young people. It includes practical information and activities designed to help spur adults to reflect on their goals as well as unearth their hidden biases about teens and how to direct them. Happy, Healthy Teens focuses on small ways to make a big difference in how teens see themselves and experience their interactions with us and it will help you be more intentional in your choices as you navigate the challenges of the adolescent years. Creating strong, foundational relationships with young people during these years has an enormous, lasting impact on their ability to become adults who are confident, compassionate, and part of a healthy community.
Chapter 1: Important Information about Adolescent Brain & Social Development
Chapter 2: Mindful Parenting and Teaching
Chapter 3: Trusting Relationships
Chapter 4: Compassion
Chapter 5: Shared Goals
Chapter 6: Conflict
Chapter 7: Helping Adolescents Deal with Stress & Anxiety