Growing up can be stressful and all children experience stress at some point in their lives. In today's fast-paced, social media-driven, high-pressured culture, teens are reporting higher levels of stress and anxiety than ever before. The videos and articles below are provided in order to help parents understand what is trending nationally and how we can help our kids understand and manage their levels of stress and anxiety in healthy ways.
Families Connected Resources
Families Connected videos featuring teens and experts
Mira Costa High School and Redondo Union High School teens share what stresses them out, how they cope, and how parents can help.
Watch the Families Connected Speaker Series event, "Recognizing and Responding to Teen Stressors and Pressures," a panel discussion.
Tips and tools from Anna Pirkl, M.A., MFT., on ways to help our kids reduce their levels of stress and anxiety
Our parent and expert blogs on teens and stress
Glimpse, by Leah Niehaus, LCSW
Things I Wish I Knew: Helping Your Highly Sensitive Teen, by a M.B, Mom
Embrace the Pause: How We Parents Can Reduce Stress in Our Students' Lives, by Dr. Nicole Wesley
Let's Stop the College (March) Madness, by Helen Codron, M.Ed.
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Our Curated Gallery of National Resources
National articles & news segments
Why Are More American Teens Suffering From Severe Anxiety? (New York Times)
American Teens Are Even More Stressed Than Adults (Huffington Post)
All Stress Is Not Distress (Challenge Success)
6 Reasons Your Teen's Life is More Stressful Than Your Own (The Washington Post)
Teens Talk About Stress (Teen Health from Nemours)
Mind Up is an excellent resource to help parents and caregivers create a more calm and connected home for children and families. Many of MindUP's activities and Core Practice - the Brain Break - can be implemented at home. Click on the image below to enlarge (source: Mind Up).
Angst is a 56-minute film and virtual reality experience that explores anxiety, its causes, effects and what we can do about it. The Angst website is also an outstanding source of information. Click on the links below to visit the following pages: