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Parents and Carers

Parenting teenagers: Help ! What's normal? Where can I find support? 
You're not alone! Parenting teenagers has never been easy and each generation of parents faces new challenges. It's natural to experience mood swings as an adolescent but many teenagers are now experiencing higher levels of anxiety and self-harm than ever before. We know that as a parent, it can be difficult to know what's normal and when you should worry. The websites and books in the section below have been chosen to help you discover what's going on in your teenager's brain, how to communicate effectively and where to look for help and reliable information. 

Parenting young adults: help and advice
Just because your child is now a young adult, doesn't mean you will stop worrying about them. Find resources for parents on the self-help for young people page, including a section for students. Most colleges, universities and large employers will have counselling support available. If you are worried about your child, you can contact their GP and let them know your concerns, although the GP will not be able to share any information with you without your child's consent (which needs to be noted on their records). 


Websites and videos for parents 

Hormone hijack 14-19 yrs. A video about changes in the developing brains of teenagers, including mood swings and why they need so much sleep!

Books for parents

  • Blame My Brain: the Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed
    by Nicola Morgan. This gives a really good insight into why teenagers struggle with many issues and gives tips about how parents can help. "It's funny as well as interesting and will completely change the way you deal with situations" (Parent) Also quite highly rated by young people themselves!
  • How to Talk so Teens will Listen and Listen so Teens Will Talk 
    by Adele Faber. Highly recommended- practical, full of examples and illustrations. 
  • Get Out Of My Life …But First Take Me and Alex Into Town
    by Tony Wolf and Suzanne Franks. Funny, practical and insightful. 
    '
    I can now see that some of my son's rejection of me is as a very natural part of his development, in order for him to be able to separate and become independent. This book explains that this is quite confusing and upsetting for teenagers too " (Parent) 

 

 

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