Tips for managing the anxiety of parenting teens

Rona Reener, RN Parent Educator, shares advice for parents on how to best handle the anxiety that can come from parenting teenagers
Tips For Managing The Anxiety Of Parenting Teens
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Tips for managing the anxiety of parenting teens

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Most parents I know, worry once their children become a preteen or they're teenagers, because there's a lot to worry about. We know that drugs are very available. We know that our preteens and teens have their hormones raging, and they're interested in sexual behavior. We know that there's a lot of stress at school. So there is a lot to worry about. But stop for a minute, take a deep breath, like I always say. Think about how you got through your preteen years or maybe, you shouldn't think about that. No, do think about it. Realize that there are struggles. Your kids will make mistakes, and hopefully, they'll get through them knowing that they can come to you. So how do you manage your own anxiety? Talk to friends. You need to find other parents with teens. Talk about what they're seeing, what they're feeling, and also, let your anxiety inform you if there's really something going on that you need to make a change about. But don't do it impulsively. Think about it overtime.

Rona Reener, RN Parent Educator, shares advice for parents on how to best handle the anxiety that can come from parenting teenagers

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Rona Renner, RN

Parent Educator

Rona Renner has been a Registered Nurse for 46 years with a wide range of experience in health care. In the last 20 years she has focused her attention on pediatrics, parent education and advocacy, ADHD and learning differences. In 1992, she was trained by Kaiser Permanente Medical Center as a temperament counselor to help parents understand their child's behavior, and she co-wrote the temperament based parenting class manual. In 2002, she founded Childhood Matters, a non-profit organization producing radio shows in English and Spanish. "Nurse Rona" hosted a weekly call-in radio show for over nine years, and has appeared on many television shows, including CNN and 20/20. Rona is the author of Is That Me Yelling, a book aimed to help parents learn how to effectively communicate with their kids by focusing on their child's unique temperament, and their ownShe loves working with parents one-on-one, in groups, or in large workshops. Rona is happily married, has four adult children, and two grandsons.

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