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Teen Parenting During the Pandemic

Psychotherapist Amanda Hunt specializes in helping children deal with stress and anxiety. But what happens when the parent is stressed and anxious, too?! In this talk Amanda shares practical insights on how parents can manage their own overwhelming stress during these challenging times and still create an environment in which their teenagers can flourish.

Psychotherapist Amanda Hunt on adult-adolescent co-existence

Key insights

  • Consistency is key: As a parent, do not be discouraged by teenagers not being open for engagement. Giving your adolescent child the feeling that you always care and are consistently there for them is the most crucial part of the deal.

  • It’s natural and human for a parent to feel stressed out in the current circumstances: Ensure you have your own support network (e.g. a partner, friend or family member) to talk with. And find an outlet for your emotions, such as exercise or a creative activity you enjoy.

  • It’s all about choice: When demands overwhelm you, ask yourself what action will be most helpful in that particular moment. It may well be a self-caring activity (such as a nap or a healthy meal), even if you think you cannot allow any time for it. This well needed rest can give us the energy needed to carry on and steer the family ship.

  • The best communication with adolescents happens organically: It is not something you can plan in advance or force into being. Learn to identify those spontaneous moments when your child is ready and willing to engage, then take advantage of that moment.

  • Empower adolescents by showing your own fallibility: Teenagers watch their parents’ every move. Admitting openly that you are stressed, tired or anxious shows them that you are human, too; it sets a good example for them as they move into adulthood and helps them set healthy expectations for themselves.

Dive deeper

Can you do what Martin can?

To help you keep your energy levels high and stay positive throughout your day it is essential to take breaks regularly. To help you get more out of your downtime, Martin Pet, a seasoned sport and performance psychologist and physiologist, will challenge you to perform a wide range of exercises that will do just that.

Join Martin Pet in this ‘hardest exercise yet’ and experience the impact on your energy, mood and focus
Find out how he does it and why
Finally Martin gives us an exercise which we might be able to do better than he does, yeah! Lot’s of people don’t seem to breathe correctly, mostly because of stress. High frequency breathing means you are pushing the gas pedal. Although quite handy sometimes, doing it the entire day results in being ‘always on’. This is quite an uncomfortable feeling and moreover is bad for your overall health and performance. Today’s breathing exercise brings you back into a more peaceful state of mind called ‘rest and digest’. It will only take a minute or two to get there. So we recommend you to do this exercise once or twice a day, in particular when you have noticed you are breathing too fast.

About the crew member

Amanda Hunt • Psychotherapist
Amanda Hunt

Amanda, LMFT, is an experienced psychotherapist living in Los Angeles, California. Her specialty is working with adolescents and their parents, serving those with learning disabilities, ADHD and other emotional challenges. Primarily using psychodynamic therapy, Amanda believes in empowering her clients by increasing their resilience, exploring their developing identity into young adulthood, and supporting their parents to create or sustain supportive environments in which their children can thrive.

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Teen Parenting During the Pandemic

Psychotherapist Amanda Hunt on supporting parent and teen during the pandemic

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