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11 Things Teens Want Their Parents to Know

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Here.Now. is teen-driven Jewish movement to provide support, build connections, increase wellbeing and resilience, and reduce stigma around mental health. Teens can engage in creative activities, partnerships, events, and innovate online content designed by teens for teens. This list was compiled by the Here.Now. teen executive board. Learn more.


1. Just because my door is closed doesn’t mean I am doing something terrible.

2. Sometimes when I am sad, it isn’t for any particular reason.

3. It’s OK to let me be sad sometimes.

4. Society has different pressures on teens now than when you were a teen.

5. Just because we don’t want to talk to you about something, doesn’t mean we don’t trust and value your opinion.

6. It’s OK if you don’t understand everything I’m going through. Your love and support are what matter most.

 

 

7. Just because something was easy for you, doesn’t mean it’s easy for me.

 

 

8. Let me fail sometimes. I learn from my mistakes.

 

 

9. My mistakes are not always a reflection of you. Sometimes they are — and sometimes they aren’t.

 

 

10. Sometimes communication is difficult. That doesn’t mean we are not trying.

 

 

11. We don’t expect perfection from you. We know you are learning alongside us.

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This post is part of the Here.Now. series, which seeks to destigmatize mental health,
and is made possible by UJA-Federation of New York and The Jewish Board.
You can find other educational mental health resources here.

The opinions expressed here are the personal views of the author. Comments are moderated, so use your inside voices, keep your hands to yourself, and no, we're not interested in herbal supplements.

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