How To Help Teens Make Friends: A Guide for Parents
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According to one online news outlet, The Hill, post-pandemic teens are still experiencing fallout in friendships, connection, and mental health. While the trend has been downhill for the last decade, it’s concerning that teens are still struggling in these areas. What can the invested teen parent do? Here are seven ways parents help teens make friends.
- Encourage Hobbies
- Connect with Teen’s Friends
- Provide or Outsource Designated Teen Spaces
- Co-Family Vacations & Outings
- Connect in & Support Self-Awareness & Self-Expression
- Autonomy in Self-Expression Related to Personal Space
- Model Positive Friendships
Read the entire article on Choosing Therapy with detail on each step and information about what impedes friendships in the teen stage of life.
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Cheers to successful parenting and navigating the teen years!
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