News & Trends – Summer 2014


      Summer 2014     

NPR Survey:
Parenting Teens is Stressful

    National Public Radio, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, recently conducted a poll of 2,500 adults to look at the extent of stress in America. Among groups most likely to report a great deal of stress in their lives over the past month include those who live with teenagers. 

    NPR then posted a call for more comments on its Facebook page, to which hundreds of parents responded. One mother wrote it’s “mind-blowing how stressful having teenagers is.” Another wrote, “Once, I controlled the big decisions in their life. Now they make decisions that can have drastic consequences. I feel like I am running out of time to teach them the important lessons they need.” 

    According to NPR, numerous parents wrote about the difficulties of teenage defiance. Constant questioning and challenging can be stressful for parents, but experts say it’s actually a healthy part of growing up, and it often means parents are doing everything right.

    When it comes to stress, parenting a teen is “inherently stressful even in the best scenarios,” says David Palmiter, a clinical psychologist, professor at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa., and creator of the blog Palmiter, in the NPR interview, suggests special “one on one” time with your teenager. This means “being there” completely, cellphone unplugged, talking with your teen or observing them do an activity they enjoy like drawing, shooting basketball or playing an instrument. He says just one hour a week of this special time can repair major differences and bring much-needed calm to households with teens.

    Many psychologists say the best parents can do is keep working to instill positive values and life skills in their children. 



Read More








WebSource Clients:

Use the search feature to stream online video and print resources
to support the development of
positive values and life skills,
at school and at home.



Character and Life Skills 
Real kids share their real stories in 76 videos and lesson plans linked to character traits for elementary, middle and high school students. 


Against All Odds    

A five-part video program and classroom lessons to help students build resilience and perseverance that leads to life-long success. 

Good Kids, Bad Choices 

A five-part video program for parents exploring the positive and negative realities of risk taking, with real stories from teens and their families,
along with expert advice.





Why Connect with Kids Works

Connect with Kids owns one of the nation’s largest non-fiction multimedia libraries, with more than 6,000 hours of video featuring real kids sharing their real stories, along with expert advice. The power of storytelling and peer-to-peer learning sparks an emotional connection that inspires positive behavior and cultural change. Schools nationwide use the documentary-style videos and evidence-based curricula in classrooms and

parent outreach programming. 




Posted in: