The Perils of “Overparenting”

I just read an article in the Washington Post about Julie Lythcott-Haims’ new book, How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success.  Lythcott-Haims draws from her decade of experience as the dean of freshmen at Stanford University. She discusses the recent trend she has seen of […]

Self Injury 101

Deliberate self-injury (often known as self harm or cutting) is one of our most common calls on the hotline and a huge worry for parents. Statistics say 1 in 12 teens deliberately hurt themselves, but I believe that statistic is much higher. There is great shame associated with hurting oneself, so many will not disclose […]

Why Teens Don’t Talk to Their Parents

I feel privileged here at TEEN LINE to get an inner glimpse into the workings of teens, their struggles, challenges and triumphs. I also get insight into the reasons why teens often don’t talk to their parents when things are bothering them. Reason #1 – They don’t want to overwhelm or worry you. Teens can […]

The Importance of Empathy

As I prepare for a presentation next week about empathy, I am hyper-aware of the importance of empathy in all of our lives, especially for parents of teens. I define empathy as the ability to put yourself in another’s shoes, and imagine what it is like to be them. Sounds simple, but it’s not always […]

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Don’t Be Afraid to Discuss Suicide with your Teens

Parents: Please don’t be afraid to discuss suicide with your teens In the last two days, I have heard of two teenage deaths by suicide. In one of them, the school was proactive and engaged the support of mental health professionals. Teens, faculty and staff were given permission to discuss their powerful feelings, and grieve. […]

Surviving and Enjoying your Child’s Adolescence

Welcome to our new TEEN LINE parents website. Every week, we will provide you with some tips, support, and guidance in surviving and enjoying your child’s adolescence. I am Cheryl Karp Eskin, the Program Director at TEEN LINE, and a former TEEN LINE listener many years ago. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist […]