Twenty-four parents and influential adults gathered in the Common Grounds room to hear Grant Stenzel, a local clinical psychologist, present on “Teen Anger, Anxiety, and Fears.”
Grant reminded us that emotions are not wrong. “Everyone has emotions!” He shared examples of how to make anger worse for teens, such as yelling, arguing, and telling a teenager that they are being irrational. He then explained how to help teens express their emotion in positive ways. Next, he gave examples on how to make anxiety worse, such as telling them to get over it, and not clearly stating expectations. Finally, Grant talked about fear, including bullying and cyber-bullying. We can help by not overreacting to their fear and helping them with self-care.
The attendees had an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation. With each question, Grant spoke confidence to each parent that they were doing a good job. One parent, whose teens attend the Coffeehouse, felt so much emotion from her questions and encouragement from Grant that she began to tear up.
I am thankful to God for a community in which teens and their parents are valued.
We hope you will join us at our upcoming Parenting Teens events:
- “Getting Money for College” presented by Melissa Kriauciunas, Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Fri Dec 5, 7-8:30pm.
- The Parenting Teens Course, a video and conversation-style course facilitated by seasoned parents for parents of teens
Part 1: Fridays – Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6
Part 2: Fridays – Feb, 13, 20, March 6, 13, 20