Caitlin Mezger-Sieg is a young women who tells a poignant tale of surviving the break-up of her family and the difficulties of navigating adolescence, simultaneously. With simple eloquence she points out how things would have been so much easier for her with some additional respectful attention and compassionate emotional support.
As parents we all know that pre-teens have fragile egos and turbulent emotions. They need extra attention to help them build self-respect and self-trust. A parent can be instrumental in giving a pre-teen exactly what they need to weather the adolescent storms and come out thriving.
What is the value you will gain from watching this video? You will realize that your pre-teen doesn’t have to surf adolescent turbulence all alone. Caitlin tells us how any parent can offer emotional support and acceptance. It is advice we would be wise to follow and reap the mutual benefit to our pre-teens as well as ourselves.
Readers, please share any advice or success stories that you know of depicting how to emotionally support adolescents.
By Dr. Lonnie Green, M.Ed., PhD