Parenting Conversations


Articles, Interviews & Blogs:


How to Strengthen Your Relationship With Your Children and Teens by Understanding Their Unique Brain Chemistry (by SCCR)

Self-Compassion for Parents (Greater Good Science Center, 2018)

Are Today's Students Really Ready for College, Work and Life? (EdTech-Getting Smart, April 2017)

Digital Literacy for Digital Natives (Graduate School of Education Harvard, January 17, 2018)

Why Teenagers Become 'Allergic' to Their Parents (The New York Times, April, 2018)

The Best Way to Fight With Your Teenager (The New York Times, March, 2018)

Record Number of College Students Are Seeking Treatment for Depression and Anxiety-Schools Can't Keep Up (Time, March 19, 2018)

Everyone Is Going Through Something (Kevin Love The Players Tribune, March 6, 2018)

How To Stop Being A Control Freak (Greater Good Science, February 21, 2018)

What Adolescents Really Need from Parents  (Interview with Ron Dahl for Greater Good Science Center, 2016) 

Can Living in the Moment Make You a Better Parents? (Greater Good Science Center, 2016)

Parenting Resources for Raising Caring, Ethical Children (Making Caring  Common, Harvard Graduate School of Education)

Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety (New York Times, October 11, 2017)

How Teens Today Are Different From Past Generations (Greater Good Science, October 20, 2017)

Recruiting Tip: Helicopter Parents, Lawnmower Parents, and Scouting Director Parents (USA Today, 2017)

What Do Teenagers Want? A Potted Plant For Parent by Lisa Damour (New York Times, December 2016)

As Teens Push Away, What Can Parents Do To Support Them? (KQED News, 2015)    

How To Avoid Parental Burnout This Holiday Season (Washington Post, November 28, 2017)

Tips for Communicating With Your Teen Keeping Parent-Child Relationship Strong During This Tricky Time (Child Mind Institute)

Effective Communication and Teenagers-Reachout Parents (ReachOut Austrialia 2018)

5 Simple Tips To Help You Have A Real Conversation With A Teen (Ideas.Ted.Com, January 2018)

How To Communicate With and Listen to Your Teen (, 2015)

A Look At Mental Illness In College (Cal Poly, 2017)

Tips for Parents Talking with Their Children About Suicide and 13 Reasons Why (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)

Psychological Approach to Educating Kids (Atlantic, March, 2017) Increased focus on kids’ psychological health may seem like the education world's flavor of the day, but it's achieving results.

How to Talk About Mental Health Issues (Child Mind Institute): When teens are struggling, speaking up can be hard, but reaching out is the first step to feeling better. How to get started.


Reclaiming Conversation:  The Power of Talk in the Digital Age by Sherry Turkle (2016) 

Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung (2013) “Valuable advice… Too busy to read this book? Then you really need to.” USA Today

Videos & Podcasts:


Parent Toolkit (NBC News Education Nation)  

Teen Depression

Five Ways Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Depression

New research is revealing how to to protect teen's mental health during a challenging part of life. (GGSC, Jill Suttie, June 14, 2016)

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What Adolescents Really Need from Parents

In a Q & A, neuroscientist Ron Dahl explains how parents can help younger teens avoid depression and anxiety as they become more independent. (GGSC, Jill Suttie, May 25, 2016)

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What Do Teen's Emotions Feel Like?

A recent study investigates how we experience feelings across a lifespan. (GGSC, James MCConchie, July 24, 2018)

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Mayo Clinic: Teen Depression

Teen depression is a serious mental health problem that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities. It affects how your teenager thinks, feels and behaves, and it can cause emotional, functional and physical problems. Although depression can occur at any time in life, symptoms may be different between teens and adults. Visiting the website can offer valuable and current insight. 

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Parenting A Depressed Teenager

Start by listening without judgement, not trying to 'fix' her. (Child Mind Institute, Stephanie Dowd, PsyD)

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The Rise of Teen Depression

In the past decade, the rise in clinical depression and anxiety among adolescents ages of 12-17 has gone up. As medical professionals seek to find the reasons, how can parents determine: When is it typical teen moods, and when is it something more? (John Hopkins Health Review, Fall/Winter 2017)

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Parenting Young Adults


Videos & Podcasts:

What Were You Thinking: A Podcast by NPR's Dina Temple-Raston about  adolescent decision-making and the adolescent brain (start at 4:08 to learn more)