Tips to help teens deal with discrimination

By Valerie Grison-Alsop Feb 28, 2022 0 Comments

  Discrimination can strike at a lot of different levels: racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, social class, body, bad at sports, bad at singing or dancing, unfashionable, too nerdy, too introverted, too extroverted, etc. I could keep going forever with the list. Most teens have suffered, are suffering, and will suffer from discrimination at some point in their lives. BIPOC, LGBTQ, and youth with disabilities are the ones who are suffering the most from it. Two important concepts to pass on to your teen(s): 1. Try to understand why people discriminate against others. a.  The people who discriminate are…

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How can you help teens triggered by the holidays?

By Valerie Grison-Alsop Dec 15, 2021 2 Comments

Many teens will tell you they think that the holiday season is awesome, but that is not always the whole truth. In fact, almost half of them feel some anxiety or worry during the holidays, and when they express jubilation in relation to the season, it may indicate that they’re masking their authentic feelings. Why are the holidays such a triggering season for so many, particularly teens? There is a societal expectation, amplified by media and entertainment, that during the holidays we HAVE to be happy and to have a nice and loving family. This is a lot of…

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