The Emotional Lives of Teenagers: Raising Connected, Capable, and Compassionate Adolescents (Unabridged)
An urgently needed guide to help parents understand their teenagers’ intense and often fraught emotional lives—and how to support them through this critical developmental stage—from the New York Times bestselling author of Untangled and Under Pressure
In teenagers, powerful emotions come with the territory. And with so many of today’s teens contending with academic pressure, social media stress, worries about the future, and concerns about their own mental health, it’s easy for them—and their parents—to feel anxious and overwhelmed. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Parents who read this book will learn:
• what to expect in the normal course of adolescent emotional development and when it’s time to worry
• why teens (and adults) need to understand that mental health isn’t about “feeling good” but about having feelings that fit the moment, even if those feelings are unwanted or painful
• strategies for supporting teens who feel at the mercy of their emotions so they can become psychologically aware and skilled at managing their feelings
• how to approach common challenges that come with adolescence, such as friction at home, spiking anxiety, risky behavior, navigating friendships and romances, the pull of social media, and many more
• the best ways to stay connected to their teens and how to provide the kind of relationship that adolescents need and want
With clear, research-informed explanations alongside illuminating, real-life examples, The Emotional Lives of Teenagers gives parents the concrete, practical information they need to steady their teens through the bumpy yet transformational journey into adulthood.
*Includes a downloadable PDF of recommended resources from the book
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed trying to parent a teen, this is the audiobook for you. Dr. Lisa Damour draws on scientific facts about the developing physiology and psychology of kids, teens, and young adults between the ages of 12 and 24 for this practical guide to understanding their feelings—and by extension, their behavior. And there are some pretty amazing revelations in here. For instance, while adults are typically uncomfortable discussing suicidal ideation, teens experiencing the phenomenon are better able to open up about those feelings, oftentimes discharging them in the process. And there are helpful observations for everyday parenting, too, like studies that have shown that reading helps build empathy and that volunteering boosts self-esteem. As the host of the Ask Lisa podcast, Damour is great at narrating all this information and advice with matter-of-fact directness. Emotional upheaval may be a normal part of teen life, but helping your child through it can be much easier with this invaluable guide.