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Helping Your Teen Navigate Burnout: Signs and Strategies for Parents

As parents, it can be challenging to navigate the complexities of our teenagers’ lives, especially when it comes to their mental health. In today’s fast-paced world, many teens face immense pressure from various sources, leading to a phenomenon known as burnout. Understanding the difference between burnout and procrastination is crucial for parents to effectively support […]

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Unveiling the Power of Core Beliefs: Shaping Lives from Childhood to Old Age

Our beliefs are like the invisible threads weaving the fabric of our reality, influencing how we perceive ourselves, others, and the world around us. At the core of our belief system lie “core beliefs,” deeply ingrained convictions about ourselves, our capabilities, and our place in the world. Understanding the origins and impact of these core

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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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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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Navigating the Teenage Minefield: A Journey through Mental Health and Partnership Parenting

The teenage years are often regarded as a time of excitement, self-discovery, and growth. It’s a period where adolescents transition from childhood to adulthood, forging their own path, and discovering who they are. However, beneath the surface, this journey can be a minefield of emotional turmoil and mental health challenges. The realities of adulthood loom

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Adventure as Education: Maturing the Prefrontal Cortex with the Power of Travel for Better Decision-Making

Adolescence is a pivotal stage in human development characterized by numerous physical, psychological, and cognitive changes. One of the most intriguing aspects of this period is the biology of decision-making, especially the role of the prefrontal cortex, the region responsible for complex, higher-order thinking and executive functions. In recent years, there has been a growing

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Lost Childhood, Lost Opportunities: Addressing the Impact of Childism

Childhood is a crucial stage of human development, during which individuals form their identities, values, and beliefs. However, an often overlooked and pervasive issue called “childism” has the potential to disrupt the natural progression of a child’s development into early adulthood. In this article, we will explore what childism is, how it affects teens growing into

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Shaping the Future: Nurturing Core Beliefs and Values in Teens

Along the intricate path of human existence, core beliefs and values serve as the foundational threads that weave together the fabric of our lives. These principles, deeply ingrained from early childhood, shape our perspectives, attitudes, and decisions as we grow and evolve. Yet, the influence of parental trauma on the development of these beliefs and

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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 Teenage Brain: Wired for Risk and the Biology of Decision-Making

When you recall your teenage years, you may often remember the whirlwind of emotions, the bold decisions, and sometimes the reckless actions you took. For many, these memories are a mixed bag of exciting adventures and cringe-worthy moments. This distinctive behavior, characterized by a penchant for risk-taking, isn’t just teenage rebelliousness. In fact, it’s deeply

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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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The Backfire Effect: When Parents Try to Live Vicariously Through Their Kids

Many parents dream of seeing their children excel, whether in academics, sports, or the arts. While a supportive parental influence can go a long way, there’s a fine line between guidance and imposing one’s own dreams on a child. The desire to relive or fulfill unaccomplished aspirations through kids is a temptation many parents face,

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Rethinking the Mini-Me Ideal: Parenting in the Age of Individuality

From the moment a child is born, many parents entertain visions of a “mini-me”—a smaller version of themselves, equipped with similar interests, talents, and even personalities. While it’s natural to see oneself in one’s offspring, the expectation that children will become carbon copies can lead to disappointment, strain relationships, and ultimately hinder a child’s individual

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Judging the Book by Its Cover: The Impact of Cultural Stigmas on Teen Mental Health

Growing up has never been an easy task, but for today’s teens, the journey to adulthood is compounded by a society that  seems to look down on adolescence. Whether it’s eye-rolls about “reckless teenagers” or generalizations that paint young people as irresponsible and immature, these negative stereotypes can significantly affect a teen’s mental well-being. Dominant

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The Accelerated Timeline: The Emotional and Psychological Impact on Teens Pressured to “Grow Up” Fast

Teenagers often feel enormous pressure to “grow up” quickly in today’s fast-paced world. This pressure isn’t just a harmless rite of passage; it can lead to significant emotional and psychological challenges. Adolescence is already a complex phase, and adding the hurry to mature can have long-term repercussions. Societal Expectations Vs. Psychological Readiness The urgency to

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Debunking the Myth: Understanding the Complexity of Teenagers’ Maturity

Here in New Zealand, we’re just over six weeks away from the general elections. Voters are being bombarded with promises from various parties competing for the new government term. Many of these promises will significantly impact me and my peers as we transition into adulthood. However, at 16, I can’t vote, despite a petition from

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