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How Can Parents Balance Holding Kids to Appropriate Expectations without Causing Undue Stress?






ANSWER:

Marty Beirne, LPC
Linden Oaks Out Patient
1335 North Mill Street
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 305-5500
mbeirne@edward.org
www.lindenoaks.org

Setting and holding realistically attainable expectations for our teens is imperative in helping them reach the stage of self-actualization, when they truly become their own, unique, self-reliant and confident individual. Complementing this with co-curricular activities, such as music, athletics, service, and club activities additionally serves to increase the likelihood for success. Yet as all of this progress and growth are taking place, we need to balance that with time for self-care, rejuvenation and relaxation. The potential for an increased presence of depressive thinking or high anxiety is created when a diligent effort to ward off overscheduling is balanced with responsible downtime.






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