How to Talk to Teens About Stress

How to Talk to Teens About Stress

Classes, homework, sports, relationships... It's tough being a teenager, but parents can help by addressing their kids' stress in the right ways, as writer and psychologist Juli Fraga recently explained for NPR.

Here's some of her advice: 

Don't bring up your own teenage experiences to try to help your kids; instead, focus on what you felt back then. Fraga's example: "When I was your age, I had difficulty with my friends. I felt confused, and my heart was broken, too."

Don't rush to solve your teen's problems. It's better to help kids build "cognitive empathy," which will help them understand the perspectives of those who feel differently than they do. Encourage them to consider others' situations and problems by asking questions such as, "What do you think might be going on for her?" about a particular friend who hasn't replied to a text. 

To get more tips, read the original article at NPR


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