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Is Your Teen Depressed, or Just Moody?

By | June 1st, 2018|Blog|

As a parent, all you really want for your child is for them to be happy and successful. While promoting their happiness and success seems like a simple task, it’s something that gets difficult as your child gets older. As your teen starts making more decisions, being more independent, and having life experiences, many parents struggle letting them make those decisions and have those experiences. There’s a compulsive desire to direct them past the difficult parts of life, in order to protect them. And as parents, we often jump to conclusions. Again, it’s a compulsion rooted in love. If your child is sad, you jump in with offers of things to help them be happier. From the years 2005-2014, the prevalence of depression in teens increased significantly. It can be hard to differentiate between whether your teen is being moody, or if there are underlying depressive issues that need to be addressed. […]

Risky Behavior and the Teenage Brain

By | May 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Over and over again, studies have shown that teens and young adults are more likely to engage in risky behavior than any other age group. This behavior ranges from sexual promiscuity to substance abuse to dangerous thrill-seeking and extreme sports. As parents, there’s no need to read scientific reports to know that teens often engage in behavior that could be dangerous and impact the rest of their lives. However, science CAN help us understand why. […]

Tips to Help Your Teen Adjust to a Move

By | May 3rd, 2018|Blog|

It can be difficult to be a teen. You are acquiring information at a startling rate, and sometimes you even notice that you are smarter, quicker to grasp concepts, and more knowledgeable than adults around you. All the same, you’re still a child, and regarded as such. Because of that, you’re subject to the commands and changes of your parents. Nowhere is this more evident than during a move. We move for all kinds of reasons, from the desire to be closer to extended family and friends, to relocation for a more successful job. While many of the benefits of moving are thoroughly thought out, it’s important to remember the emotional upheaval that comes with a move. […]

How Being Outdoors Affects Mental Health

By | April 10th, 2018|Blog|

Here at Trinity Teen, we bring girls into a different setting from what most of them are used to. Whatever their troubled pasts, we find that there’s a renewal that happens when girls get out into the big, open, wild lands of Wyoming. Stresses of their old lives melt away. They stop worrying so much about small things which they now realize are comparatively unimportant. Their eyes are opened to wonder, which reminds them that they are young and that there’s a world of possibility before them. […]

Promoting Body-Positivity in Your Teen

By | April 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|

One of the most difficult issues facing our teen girls today is body image. The quest to achieve physical perfection drives people to do crazy things, and the obsession with image can undermine confidence, healthy relationships, and progression in even the best and brightest girls. Issues regarding weight and self-image can be complicated. It’s hard to know what you can do to help instead of hurt. For example, is it healthy to tell your daughter over and over again that she’s beautiful? What if that leads her to think that beauty is all that matters? If you notice that your daughter is getting overweight and perhaps using food as a crutch, a drug, or a way to hide, should you say something? What can you say that won’t just make things worse? […]

Breathing Exercises to Help You Calm Down

By | November 30th, 2017|Blog|

Many of our patients struggle with traits like anxiety, and can often find themselves in a state of panic. For this reason, we find that an important life skill that not enough people learn is the ability to simply calm down in tense situations. To do this, we teach each of the girls about breathing exercises, and how they can use them to deescalate a feeling of panic to relax. Here are some key breathing exercises that help people calm down… […]

Are Your Teenager’s Values Different from Your Own?

By | November 10th, 2017|Blog|

As your children get older and enter their teenage years, it is natural and common that you might recognize that they begin to develop a different value set from your own. This is a terrifying moment for many parents. After all, if they aren’t getting these values from you, then where are they getting them from? Feeling like your teen is losing their way in the world is something that many parents feel, at some point in their journey to raise their child. However, there are a few important factors to remember about this time. Here are some thoughts you should work through when talking to your teenager about their values and your own… […]

Recognizing The Signs of Depression In Your Teen

By | October 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Your child will go through countless changes and experience a host of pressures as they go through their teen years. From puberty, to dating, to finding out who they are and where they fit in, the teen years can be an emotional and hard time for your daughter. With all of the uncertainty your child is experiencing, it can be really hard for you to differentiate the difference between the normal emotions your child will experience as they grow, and a more serious issue. Depression goes beyond just experiencing mood swings and being irritable. It’s a serious health problem that impacts many adults. Depression is treatable, but it’s important to know what to look out for so you can start helping your daughter as soon as possible. […]

How to Effectively Communicate With Your Depressed Teen

By | October 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Despite all of the love and care you give to your child, there are some things that are just out of your control when it comes to their wellbeing. One of these things, is depression. During their teen years especially, your child could begin to experience feelings of depression. One in five teenagers, from all walks of life, experience major depression. It can be hard to relate to your depressed daughter, and communicating with her may feel like an impossible task. It’s so important that you push through this and let her know that you’re there for her. She may not seem like it, but your support is one of the most helpful things you can give her. […]

How to Strengthen Your Relationship with Your Teen

By | September 1st, 2017|Blog|

The teenage years are a tumultuous time for both children and parents. It can seem like your kids are drifting away from you. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be like that. Life is about change, and a child’s development through the teen years is part of that change. Here is some advice on staying connected with your teen as they develop: […]