1. You are loved for who you are and who you will become
2. Your feelings help your parents and caregivers know what you need
3. There are different ways to express your feelings
4. Everyone is a learner and making mistakes is part of learning
5. Your parents and caregivers are trying to be the best parents they can be
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From the Greater Good Magazine- If you have any teenagers in your life, you’ve probably been witness to the emotional roller coaster that is adolescence. You may have a hard time keeping up with all their ups and downs, with emotions shifting from extreme elation one minute to utter despair the next. But why is teen emotional life so rocky, and how is it different from our emotional experience at other ages?
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Parents: How to Practice Self-Compassion
Self-compassion entails three components:
1) “First, it requires self-kindness, that we be gentle and understanding with ourselves rather than harshly critical and judgmental.”
2) “Second, it requires recognition of our common humanity, feeling connected with others in the experience of life rather than feeling isolated and alienated by our suffering.”
3) “Third, it requires mindfulness—that we hold our experience in balanced awareness, rather than ignoring our pain or exaggerating it.”
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The Greater Good Science Center states these five research-based ways to inspire teens to connect with something larger than themselves:
1) Support teens’ beyond-the-self interests
2) Discuss values and character strengths
3) Facilitate activities that enhance empathy/perspective-taking
4) Expose teens to diverse perspectives
5) Model empathy and prosocial behavior as an adult
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Students who carry this sense of purpose into adulthood may also benefit in the long run. Research shows that adults who feel their lives have meaning and purpose are happier, more successful at work, and have stronger relationships.
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