In this episode, I talk about the pervasive fear that parents have about our teens missing out on experiences or opportunities that other teens may have. In reality, most teens aren’t missing out on many experiences or even material possessions. What they’re missing out on, if anything, is time to reflect on the meaning of those experiences and the real value of their possessions. Having too many unprocessed experiences is one reason the number one mental health concern for teens today is stress, overwhelm and anxiety.
By reflecting on their lives teens begin to understand themselves, their unique place in the world and the contribution only they can make with their lives.
As adults we can help teens to reflect by providing opportunities for relational connection and intimacy that avoids the distractions of our modern lives and instead allows families to explore the meaning of past events and their significance.
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