How other adults can help teens assert independence

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How other adults can help teens assert independence

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When young people become teens, it's their job to start asserting their independence, but that can be very difficult for families; especially for parents who have had this role all along where they are the protectors and the nurturers, and now they're being asked to step back, and yet they are still concerned and want safety for their child. So it really is a time when it becomes extremely important to really look at your larger community; it being aunts or uncles; however you create that for yourself in terms of, who the other adults are in this young person's life, so that you can start to step back from that role and allow other adults to provide that guidance and not have to have the conflict that sometimes happens between young people and their parents.

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Shannon Crossbear

Native American Elder

Shannon CrossBear is a beautiful, powerful, spiritual Ojibwe and Irish woman. Shannon is an enrolled member of Fort William First Nation of the Lake Superior Ojibwe, which is located in Ontario, Canada.  She has lived on the shores of Lake Superior for the majority of her life and currently resides within the boundaries of the United States in Hovland, Minnesota. Wabagoness, her given name in Ojibwemoin, is a daughter, sister, mother and grandmother. Shannon has been a story teller for an audience of relatives and friends for many years.  As a columnist for the Cook Country News Herald she wrote over 200 hundred article under the heading Mino- Biimadizawin (the good path/life).Her purpose is to demonstrate and promote gentle healing. She expresses her commitment to healing through her business Strongheart Resource Development. Conditions within Ms. CrossBear’s family of origin and community cement her commitment to improving conditions for children, their families and communities.

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