How parents can help their busy kids “Chill Out”

teens stress, emotional intelligence, life coaching, personal coaching, family problems

In my coaching I encourage parents to provide more meaningful time than meaningful gifts to help themselves and their kids decompress. (Please share below. Thank you. Jim)

Today’s teens, unlike when I was growing up, can now compare their academic performance and everything else about their existence to other teens 24 hours a day through updates on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, you name the social network, and that only increases the stress.

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“Back in the day, we got a break from our peers after school and on the weekends, but now kids are on social media all day long,” said Linda Esposito, a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist in Los Angeles and host of a blog on psychotherapy called Talk Therapy Biz.

Daniel Goleman, a psychologist and author of the New York Times best-seller “Emotional Intelligence,” says all the social media and advanced technology mean more distractions for kids and less time to truly unplug.

“It used to be that children had time to look at clouds and imagine,” said Goleman, whose latest book is “Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence.” “Now they’re looking at video games and are competing with some kid in Hong Kong.”

Pressure from parents

Teens aren’t just feeling stress from academic pressures. Their schedules are also filled with activities and sports after school and on weekends, raising questions for us parents about whether our children are overscheduled and whether we, as parents, are pushing them to do too much.

“There’s a little fallacy that we have to enrich our children\’s experience with every kind of lesson and every kind of sport and every kind of club, and that backfires at a certain point,” said Goleman.

Read more via  CNN.com.

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