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Navigating the Storm Within: Understanding the Stages of Overcoming Grief and Trauma for Teens and Children

In the aftermath of traumatic events, adolescents and children face unique challenges as they navigate the tumultuous seas of grief and trauma. Just as Cyclone Gabrielle tested the resilience of Hawkes Bay in 2023, young minds must weather their own emotional storms while learning to heal and grow from their experiences. In this article, we’ll […]

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Growing Pains: Mental Hurdles in Adolescent Development

As parents, it’s crucial to comprehend the intricate journey of adolescence that our teenagers embark upon. Adolescence isn’t just a single phase; rather, it’s a series of stages marked by profound physical, emotional, and cognitive changes. Each stage brings its own set of challenges, and understanding these stages can help us support our teens through

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The Teenage Myth: Debunking the Notion that Parenting a Teen is Inherently Hard

Parenting is a journey filled with challenges, triumphs, and a myriad of emotions. When it comes to parenting teenagers, the prevailing belief is that it is an arduous task, often accompanied by stereotypes and misconceptions. In this article, we will debunk the myth that parenting a teen is inherently hard, exploring both the truths that

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Navigating the Teen Mind: Understanding Cognitive Development in Adolescence

Parenting through the adolescent years can be both rewarding and challenging. As your teenager transforms from a child into a young adult, their cognitive development undergoes significant changes that impact their behavior, decision-making, and overall perspective on the world. In this article, we’ll explore the stages of cognitive development during adolescence and discuss how understanding

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Navigating Transformation: Exploring the Teen Mentorship Experience – Month II

Over the last 8 weeks, Lainie has been leading me and a group of teens through such an amazing and personal process, during the Transformative Mentoring for Teens 12-week course. I did a similar check-in after the first 4 weeks of the course, so if you haven’t read that yet, you’re more than welcome to

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The Adolescent Brain: Plasticity, Environment, and the Impact on Mental Health

The human brain is a remarkable organ, capable of adapting and evolving throughout our lives. This unique quality, known as neuroplasticity, allows the brain to rewire itself in response to experiences and the environment. During adolescence, a period of intense development, the brain is particularly malleable, making it crucial for adolescents to have a safe

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Nurturing Lasting Connections: The Power of Model Parenting in Adolescence

Parenting is a lifelong journey filled with challenges, joys, and the constant evolution of your child. While there is no one-size-fits-all manual for raising children, the practice of model parenting has emerged as a powerful approach that can have long-term effects on both parents and their teens/young adults. Model parenting is not about being perfect,

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Challenging Misconceptions: Parenting Teens and Nurturing Strong Relationships

Parenting a teenager is often perceived as a daunting challenge. The stereotype that it is inherently difficult sets unrealistic expectations for both parents and teens and can strain the parent-child relationship. In this article, we’ll explore how the misconception that parenting a teen is hard can become a relationship killer and offer insights into fostering

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Breaking Free from Schooling: The Path to Unschooling and My Rekindled Passion for Writing

In a world where traditional education has been the norm for generations, the concept of deschooling has emerged as a fundamental stepping stone towards unschooling. While both ideas may seem similar, they are distinct in their goals and methods. Deschooling, however, is the essential process that paves the way for the true freedom and empowerment

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Unplugging the Misconception: The Truth About Teens and Digital Addiction

The 21st-century teen often seems surgically attached to their smartphone or computer, swiping and typing away. This phenomenon has led many to believe that today’s teens are “addicted” to their screens. This mistaken belief is not only wrong but also harmful, oversimplifying the intricacies of adolescent growth and their use of technology. The Stigma of

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The Art of Parenting Without Rules and Punishments: Why Ditching Traditional Rules Can Empower Your Teen

Parenting is a complex endeavor, navigating this journey often leads to moments of doubt and second-guessing. Traditional parenting wisdom dictates the necessity of rules and punishments to instill discipline in growing kids. But what if we rethink this conventional approach, especially when dealing with teenagers and young adults?  “How can we even consider life without

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Unlocking Open Conversations: How Parents Can Be a Safe Space for Their Kids

Navigating the maze of early adulthood comes with its fair share of challenges, from the stress of exams and first jobs to the intricacies of relationships. For many, this is also a period marked by an exploration of identity and a heightened awareness of mental health. While it’s important for young adults to foster independence,

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