I've seen some great posts online this week and wanted to share a few of my favorite teen parenting articles that I've found helpful, interesting or humorous.
What Does it Mean to Be a Kid in the Digital Age?
by Paula Lee and Yalda T. Uhls on HIPPO Reads
Yalda T. Uhls is Director of Creative Community Partnerships for Common Sense Media (one of my favorite sites) with a Ph.D. in child psychology. She's written the new book, Media Moms & Digital Dads: A Fact-Not-Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age.
"Everything that happens offline happens online, often with more intensity. Also, research shows that teenage brains react to social exclusion more powerfully than at other ages. Leaving their family and finding a new one—their friends, typically at school—means that they are highly attuned to exclusion or inclusion. The permanent, 24/7, public nature of the online world can make it seem more emotional. But it’s still the usual teenage things: trying to fit in, trying to make friends, hoping to do well."
Young Teens Suffer Most From Turbulent Mood Swings
by Lynn Shallcross on NPR
"The best approach for parents is to remain calm, composed and patient when interacting with a moody teen, [Hans Koot, a professor of developmental psychology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and principal investigator of the study] says. Listen openly to the teen's feelings and offer solutions or alternate interpretations if the teen is open to them, he says. 'If mood swings do not gradually dissipate with this type of approach – or when, despite careful parental attention, mood swings stay high in late adolescence – professional help may be needed,' Koot says."
This one may not be about parenting, but I'm pretty sure it applies to a lot of us. While "tween" may apply to our kids, a lot of grown-ups also feel not firmly entrenched in any given life stage.
"I do not feel old, by any means, but there is no way I could be considered young anymore. This is why I have an appreciation for the word “tween.” It’s a special word, created for another group of people finding themselves in a no man’s land. We need our own. One that sounds better than “middle-aged.” Perhaps “the experienced young” or the “youngderly” would do the trick. I’ll keep working on that."
I liked the juxtapositions she explores, including "I’m too old to sleep on the cold, hard ground./ I’m too young for a group tour." And having gotten a haircut yesterday, numbers 9 and 10 resonated with me.
What have you read recently that really resonated with you as a parent? Please share in the comments and I may include it in the next roundup.
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