Teens & Parenting
“You don’t have to fit in a box. You can be defined by the unique personalities that make up your family, not by who you think you should be.”
The endless circles are making you dizzy. Whether it's loud or quiet, the tension that exists in your teen or your family unit keeps building and prevents you all from enjoying quality time together. It can be overwhelming to think of the layers of memories, some treasured and others difficult - is it possible for everyone to come together? Can we agree on one thing?
All families face challenges, especially during the tween and teen years.
“You are a deep well. Your emotions and experiences are a part of you, and also not the Whole of You, which remains unbroken. You can embrace all of yourself without fear, with curiosity, and with hope. You will find your way.”
Sometimes you can talk about it. Most of the time, it’s hard to describe. It can look like anger, heaviness, lack of motivation, tears, a void, and yet however it comes to the surface - you’re at a loss. You may have done all the Google searching, tracked and categorized your symptoms, tried to fit into the boxes of mental health definitions. You’ve tried and tried and tried. The word keeps coming to mind - depression. What is it? Do I have it? What do I do with it?
Or you may be a parent, watching your child make a slow or significant shift. They aren’t engaged like they were before, less talkative, prone to outbursts, or simply aloof. You can’t put a finger on what it might be, what changed? Or maybe you know exactly what happened and you know it’s time for your child to have a safe space to talk, to share how they’re really feeling.
Depression is a protective “zone” that your mind gets into. Whether it lingers or lifts on a good day, you deserve compassionate support.