This book offers clear, actionable ways for parents and educators to create and strengthen relationships with teens during a key time of growth and development. With an emphasis on mindfulness, non-violent communication, and rooted in what we know about brain and social development during the adolescent years, this book is a great resource for anyone who is struggling to understand how to support and connect with young people. It includes practical information and activities designed to help spur adults to reflect on their goals as well as unearth their hidden biases about teens and how to direct them. Happy, Healthy Teens focuses on small ways to make a big difference in how teens see themselves and experience their interactions with us and it will help you be more intentional in your choices as you navigate the challenges of the adolescent years. Creating strong, foundational relationships with young people during these years has an enormous, lasting impact on their ability to become adults who are confident, compassionate, and part of a healthy community.
Kari O’Driscoll is the founder of The SELF Project and the author of One Teenager at a Time: Developing Self-Awareness and Critical Thinking in Adolescents. She is an educational consultant and parenting coach and the mother of two young adults.
Chapter 1: Important Information about Adolescent Brain & Social Development
Chapter 2: Mindful Parenting and Teaching
Chapter 3: Trusting Relationships
Chapter 4: Compassion
Chapter 5: Shared Goals
Chapter 6: Conflict
Chapter 7: Helping Adolescents Deal with Stress & Anxiety
Kari O'Driscoll's book Happy Healthy Teens will prove an essential road map to all parents navigating the oft-challenging years raising adolescents in an ever-changing society. She shares surprising insights that will help modern parents maintain a calm and emotionally healthy home environment.
We read libraries of books to prepare for the birth of our children, but then get to the teenage years and are lost. Happy Healthy Teens sums up the top research in psychology, parenting, and education to help us understand our teenagers' brains and the reasons behind their behavior. More importantly, O'Driscoll shares the secret to building relationships with our teens that will withstand the angst and build the trust and support to carry through to adulthood.
Kari O’Driscoll has created a reader-friendly guide for everyone who has a teen in their life. This book is a call for all educators, parents and caregivers to unite for the sake of our teens. It is a testament to the idea that the things we say matter, that our words have the power to uplift, empower and inspire. This book will remind you of the fragile loveliness of being a teen.
3/6/22, The Heart Center – The Learn to Love Podcast: Author Kari spoke about how to become more mindful and compassionate parents in this episode.