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Teenagers

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Is Your Teenager Depressed?

10/10/2014

All teens suffer bouts of moodiness and sadness from time to time. It’s all part of the emotional rollercoaster leading to adulthood. But when feelings of sadness last for more than two weeks, there’s a possibility that a teen is struggling with depression. These symptoms are not to be taken lightly. Any indications by your teen […]

How to Comfort a Grieving Teen

02/15/2016

Editor’s Note: The following article is excerpted from the TEDx talk, “How to Comfort a Grieving Teen” by Bridget Park. “I am so sorry that this terrible thing happened to you.” “I am sure he is in a better place.” “It was so selfish of him to do that, and everyone knows it.” “One day […]

How can we involve our children in caregiving?

02/11/2015

How can we involve our children and teenagers in caregiving? A wise person in the book of Proverbs says, “Train a child in the way that he should go and when he is old he will not depart from the way.” So, I believe that if we want our children to grow up to be compassionate caregivers as adults we need to (1) model caregiving–talk about it and then let them see us actually caring for people. It is true, “Actions speak louder than words.” (2) We also we need to involve them in actual caregiving.

So following are some ideas from my family’s experiences:

How Can We Involve Our Teenagers in Caregiving?

08/11/2014

Dear Karen,

I’d like caregiving to become a natural part of what my family does together. How can we involve our children in caregiving? How can we especially involve teenagers? – Sue

I have been discussing this questions with various individuals and following are some of my conclusions from those conversations:

How can we involve our children 10 years and younger in caregiving?

03/17/2014

This week’s featured caregiving question comes from Sue. “I’d like caregiving to become a natural part of what my family does together. How can we involve our children in caregiving? How can we especially involve teenagers?”

To respond to this question, I first want to tell a story:

Nancy Vandewater is a member of my church family and she told me several years ago the following story. I believe it embodies the keys to ensuring that our children will grow up to be compassionate caregivers.

10 Signs Your Teenager is in Trouble

08/15/2011

1. Depressed – Your teenager is acting depressed. He/she doesn’t want to do anything, lacks motivation, has lost interest in things he likes to do, and has a decreased attention span or effectiveness when doing things. 2. Anxious – Your teenager is feeling some anxiety. He or she cannot relax, is not sleeping well, having […]