The cuteness is gone, and so is the desire to hold your hand on the way to school and cuddle up at bedtime. The kid who used to look to you for answers for anything from “Why does the earth spin?” to “Why do I have to brush my teeth?” has been exchanged with a passionate person, a lawyer-to-be, who insists on arguing with everything you have to say. The little one who, once upon a time, came running to you crying in pain and needed you to blow kisses on a skinned knee has now disappeared behind a closed door, sharing their secret emotional pain and hurt with a sea of friends on social media.
Teen Relationships can often seem mysterious in this digital age. It’s not always easy for a parent to ascertain the nature of their child’s relationships or to keep track of the ups and downs that take place during these romantic relationships. How are teens meeting romantic partners? How is technology used in their relationships? The Pew Research Institute conducted research on this very topic and published its findings in 2015. The hope is that the findings will help parents have a better understanding of the role that technology plays in their teen’s dating life and how they can be supportive even if they lack personal experience with these new norms. (Continue reading here)
Written By: JoAnn Kukulus, MFTi, Site Coordinator, ACS On-Campus Counseling Program
Why do we need to talk about teen depression? What do we need to know? What can we do for our adolescent children?
FEWER THAN 40% of the teens diagnosed with depression get treatment. The numbers are staggering: an estimated 1 in 5 adolescents will experience depression before the age of 19, with around 2 million teens experiencing depression each year. Research indicates a strong link between depression and suicide; each year approximately 1 in 50 teens makes a suicide attempt that requires medical attention and suicide is now the 2nd leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds. (Continue reading here.)
Written By: Marlina Rose Selva, LMFT, ACS Site Supervisor – Jordan Middle School
The demands of school and daily routines can be a source of mental fatigue for students as well as for parents. Fortunately, there are ways of alleviating mental stress. One such way is through encounters with nature. Outdoor activities can help relax and restore the mind, whether it be in the form of playing in the grass, gardening or caring for plants, camping, trekking, observing the sunrise or sunset, sitting near the beach, lake, river or stream. Research shows that connecting with nature increases well-being, positive feelings, and inspiration (Passmore & Howell, 2014). Taking some time out of busy schedules may seem like an impossible task at times, but the benefits could make life easier in the long run. (Continue reading here.)