For some, adolescence can sound like a dirty word. Though most shy away from this uncomfortable and angsty stage, news producer Peter Bermudes is working on a segment revolving around the confusing, frustrating, but ultimately memorable age we like to call adolescence.

Bermudes focuses on what it scientifically means to be an adolescent. Though difficult to pinpoint when an individual reaches adolescence, it is measured by both a physical and psychological change. Unfortunately for many, this change comes at a cost. Suddenly, pressures that never seemed to be an issue become a life or death matter, and the “no one understands” mantra applies to everything.

Bermudes looks at this “issue” from a refreshing perspective that gives parents advice for dealing with their children during these frustrating years. As a former adolescent myself, I remember feeling exactly the way Bermudes and his guests explained: frustrated, lonely and resentful. Societal pressures make it much more difficult to have self-confidence during such a stage. I’m sure many will agree with me when I say my “awkward stage” was pretty horrible.

Having a solid parent-child understanding during this time is vital; it is one less thing the child has to worry about. No matter what goes on outside the house, home should be a place of comfort and safety. It all comes down to communication and understanding at home. Parents have an extremely difficult job here, but their undivided support is crucial.

Be sure to catch up with Peter’s six-part series!

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I: Introduction to the series & overview of adolescence



II: The World of the Adolescent



III: Challenges for Parents


IV: Parents-Adolescent Communication

V: Stressors and Consequences

VI: Transitions

Resources for Parents:

1]  Get Out of My Life, but First could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall: A Parent’s Guide to the new Teenager by Anthony Wolf, Ph.D.
Very good on the challenging dynamics between parents and adolescents. Revised edition addresses issues in faster paced world: internet, sexual relations, substance abuse, etc.
2]   I’d Listen to My Parents If They’d Just Shut Up:  What to Say and Not Say When Parenting Teens by Anthony Wolf, Ph.D.
 Offers parents dialogue-based advice and strategies of when and how to engage their teens.
3]   Queen Bees and Wannabees: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and the New Realities of Girlworld by Rosalind Wiseman. The drama of girlworld uncovered.
4]  Ringleaders and Sidekicks: How to Help Your Son Cope With Classroom Politics, Bullying, Girls and Growing Up by Rosalind Wiseman.
Describes how boys think about and understand their world. Focuses on how parents can reach out and help boys more successfully manage their everyday challenges.
Resources For Adolescents:
Focuses on middle school and high school-aged boys. Written for boys as a guide to help them address everyday problems.
Written for teens and applies the 7 Habits to strengthen self-image, build solid friendships while minimizing peer pressure and successfully achieve their goals.
Highlights for adolescents how to make smart choices in this challenging and turbulent time in their lives.


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April 10, 2014