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Anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses are plaguing adolescents today. Many are struggling because they feel they have no one to turn to—even when their parents are standing in front of them, waving their hands, screaming “Talk to me!!!” This disconnect doesn’t start in adolescence; it is a product of lack of authentic, dialectic communication during the first ten years of life. I propose focusing on the “2nd 5” years of life (5-10) as a time to explicitly develop open lines of communication between parents and their children. I intend to develop a program putting parents and children in the same room, where tools for open dialog are modeled, families are able to practice communicating with support, and they feel confident going home and using those tools on a daily basis.