PARENTS need to help “tame the stress monster” within teenagers, according to parenting author, educator and resilience specialist Maggie Dent.
“Today’s teenagers live in a very different world, everything moves at a faster pace, there is constant distraction and pressure from social media and it can be easy for them to fall into unhealthy thinking and negative self talk, which can trigger significant stress,” Ms Dent said.
The self-titled ‘Queen of Common Sense’, Ms Dent has attracted thousands of parents to her seminars about raising children of all ages.
“It is important, no matter the age, that our children are given the tools for a happy and healthy life.” Ms Dent said.
“For teenagers, the stress monster can loom particularly large as stress is often triggered by change; and adolescence is a massive transformative time anyway, and the world around them is also constantly changing.
“As their support people, we have to watch out for them, particularly if we see they are nearing their tipping point and don’t know how to respond.”
Ms Dent’s Taming the Stress Monster in Adolescence seminar is designed to help parents and adolescents navigate the ride to adulthood, with those aged 14 and over welcome to attend with their parents or carers.
“One of the things we talk about is ‘ANT attacks’, with ANT standing for automatic negative thoughts,” she said.
“Negative self talk can be debilitating to young adolescents, and hinder their success academically and for life in general.”
Ms Dent is holding one of her seminars at Kennedy Baptist College on the evening of Wednesday, October 18.
Tickets for night are $35, and $20 for children over 14 attending with their parent or guardian.
To book, visit www.bookmeformaggie.com.