The Benefits of Travel for Teens

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There’s been a seismic shift in travel over the past three years, and it’s not as easy for today’s teens to enjoy the carefree adventures their parents once did. But one thing hasn’t changed: travel is still one of the most powerful ways for teens to learn about themselves and the world, all while developing […]

Why Being More Present is so Important for Teens

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Did you know that learning to be more at home in the present can give teens a brighter future? Being more present gives them tools to manage stress, reduce anxiety, increase their focus and build emotional resilience. And since adolescence is a critical time for brain development, teens who practice presence are learning healthy habits […]

Why Living Consciously is so Important for Teens

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What does it mean to live consciously? According to Zen Habits blogger Leo Babauta, it’s about “taking control of your life, about thinking about your decisions rather than making them without thought… If you’re drifting through life, or feel out of control, or don’t know how you got here, deciding to live consciously could be […]

Supporting Your Teen\’s Hero Journey

What’s your favorite movie? No matter the genre, it’s almost certain that the main character starts off with an ordinary life, goes on an adventure or faces a crisis, and by the end is totally transformed. That storyline, which Joseph Campbell called The Hero’s Journey, can be traced back to myths that are thousands of […]

5 Keys to Your Teen Finding Their Purpose

Not so long ago, researchers thought a sense of purpose was only important for adults. Now they agree that purpose is critical for teens, too. Recent studies show that teens with a sense of purpose benefit from better mental and physical health, a more positive self-image, and an easier transition to adulthood.  “Purpose is not […]

4 Ways Your Teen Can Practice Mindful Breathing

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Mindful breathing is simple: Inhale. Exhale. Pay attention. Repeat.  Can something so simple really make a difference to teens? A recent study of nearly 400 11th-graders says yes. The more students practiced mindful breathing techniques, the more they reported feeling capable of managing stress. Lead researcher Deborah Schussler says that’s because mindful breathing buys teens […]

6 Steps to Creating Family Rituals

Family rituals can include everything from holiday traditions passed down through generations to Taco Tuesday and the silly way you always say goodnight. As teens become more independent, these rituals matter more, not less. Rituals strengthen bonds between family members by creating shared memories and reinforcing shared values. They’re a way of saying, “this is […]

Teens and the Power of Visualization

Elite athletes, entrepreneurs, and performers say it’s the secret to their success. It builds confidence, creates motivation, and helps gain a competitive edge. Visualization is powerful, and teens can use it to reach their goals, too. But learning how to use visualization effectively takes practice. Here, we explain how visualization works and share our top […]

Raising A Caring Teen

Caring. Compassionate. Considerate. When asked what qualities they most want to nurture in their teens, these are at the top of almost every parent’s list. We all want our children to know the value of caring for and giving to others. But from advertising to social media, today’s teens are bombarded with “me first” messages. […]

Helping Your Teen Dream Big

Is your teen a big dreamer? Do they talk to you about their future plans and what lights them up inside? Or do they seem a little unsure of themselves and their goals? It doesn’t get a lot of attention, but a teen’s capacity to dream is an important indicator of their overall well-being. Teens […]

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