Teenage life is anything but easy. It wasn’t back then, and it definitely isn’t any easier now.
Our teens are trying to find their way during post-lockdown life, and most teens these days are just trying to keep their heads above the water...
Trying not to drown in their anxieties about returning to school. Trying not to drown in an awkward social life. Trying not to drown in all their worries…
Coming back to school after a two-year hiatus is hard.
This is the stage of life where teens are trying to figure themselves out and find their place in the world.
This is even harder to do with a world-wide pandemic weighing on their shoulders.
It’s hard for them to see the silver lining in this world.
It’s hard for them to imagine a happier future. For some, it’s hard to imagine a future at all…
Can’t forget about all that peer pressure!
Most teenage social interactions over the last two years happened online.
Teens are self-conscious. These last two years in the online world sure didn’t help.
They’ve spent too much time on social media, comparing themselves to others and comparing themselves to seemingly picture perfect celebrities and influencers.
Teens today are struggling more with their self-esteem than ever before!
Teens hide behind their large hooded sweaters and masks. They blend into the crowd, too afraid to stand out and be picked on.
They try to slip under the cracks. They avoid expressing themselves, trying anything new, or showing themselves for who they are.
Some might even make poor choices, costly choices, just to fit in with the crowd. They go against their conscience and true self to hang with the cool kids.
They become someone they’re not.
But how can they not?!
In middle school, it's either eat, or be eaten…
What are parents to do?
They have front-row seats to watch their teen struggling to keep afloat.
They want what's best for their teens.
But they don’t always know how to help.
And teens don't make it easy on their parents. They avoid conversations. They say that nothing is wrong.
Really, they don’t want their parents to see how much is actually wrong.
But parents aren’t blind. They know when something’s up.
How can we help them THRIVE, not just survive?
Thriving teens this way!
Gratitude is powerful—powerful enough to change the world!
And it deserves recognition every day! (Not just on Thanksgiving…)
Gratitude has the power to:
- Decrease stress and anxiety
- Boost confidence and self-esteem
- Build resilience to overcome adversity
- Open our eyes to different perspectives
- Boost immune system and improve health
So why don’t we talk about it more?
I have been an educator for the last seven years.
I’ve worked with teens and seen their struggles first hand…
These struggles are nothing like what I remembered from my middle school days.
Those days were hard, but the world has changed... It's become harder.
I’ve seen it change, from inside the classroom.
Teens are lacking social skills, emotional intelligence, and the confidence to be themselves.
I had a hard time in middle school… and then again in high school… and once again, when I became an adult.
No one taught me these valuable skills I needed to thrive as a growing teen.
It wasn’t until I hit rock bottom at twenty-one when I began to learn about the power of gratitude…
Gratitude turned my life around.
It has the power to turn our teens’ lives around…
Teens shouldn’t have to hit rock bottom to unlock the power of gratitude.