Stay Positive

I’m parenting a teenager. Help! 

Parenting a teenager is like trying to clean the floors with a muddy dog running around. It feels impossible, but don’t give up just yet. There are people who have been there and done that and want to help offer up some parenting hacks that could help. It takes a village after all. 

The biggest challenge facing parents with teenagers is the unknown. It’s like as soon as their thirteenth birthday hits, they’re given a chip to wear on their shoulder as a gift from Teen Nature, Mother’s less popular little sister. And navigating the teenage slopes is a learning curve for everyone regardless of how many times you’ve done it. So don’t feel bad when you get overwhelmed. 

The science of positivity

Teenagers are a swirl of emotions already but add on the fact that they face school pressure that we can’t even begin to understand nowadays, it presents quite the mountain to climb. Image. Bullies. Schoolwork. Extra-curriculars. The good news is there are ways to help ease these difficult years, but we have to be willing as parents to learn ourselves. 

The brain is our best friend, but it could be an enemy if we don’t know how to use it correctly. This supercomputer within each one of us is the command center for everything we do.

Let's get positive

It’s pretty simple. Negative thoughts produce negativity and extra challenges. Positive thoughts do the opposite.

The Tetris Effect—When our brains get stuck in a pattern that focuses on stress, negativity, and failure, we set ourselves up to fail. This principle teaches us how to retrain our brains to spot patterns of possibility, so we can see—and seize—opportunity wherever we look.

Shawn Archer, The Happiness Advantage

Below are some of the benefits or roadblocks your teenager or even yourself could experience as a result of positive or negative thought patterns: 

POSITIVE
1. Boosts confidence
2. Helps you be more productive
3. Helps you achieve goals
4. Gets you through challenging times

NEGATIVE
1. Lowers self-esteem
2. Spoils true friendships
3. Stops you from achieving goals
4. Increases stress which deteriorates health

Life is hard enough as it is, especially as a teenager, so let’s help our teens develop the right mindset to deal with life as it comes at them. Developing a positive record player in your head is one of the most valuable skill sets you can teach your kids.

Chiropractic is a natural tool to help keep your body and brain aligned and functioning properly. So let’s get positive TOGETHER!