While the world is very different today than it was when we grew up, one thing hasn’t changed much: Teens look for proof that their parents don’t understand them. As adults, our adolescents generally will view us as dinosaurs; that we simply cannot understand because they cannot imagine that we have ever experienced anxiety, frustration, sadness, and the intense emotional upheaval they are feeling.
An article in KQED News reported that a survey published by the American Psychological Association discovered that adolescents generally reported feeling greater stress than adults. Parents frequently try to solve their teen’s problems rather than teach their kid some of their own problem-solving abilities.
The link to this article, authored by Juli Fraga, provides parents some excellent “how to” examples of guiding their child to some effective cognitive empathy skills.