Dec 29, 2019
Tessa works with teenagers, and has decided to take on parenting
from a new perspective. While patiently waiting for her
book’s completion "For the Sake of Our Youth: A Therapist's
Perspective on Raising Kids in Today's Culture" (due to hit the
shelves Spring 2020) Tessa coaches and presents to parents her
research on today’s teen depression, anxiety and suicide rate
focusing on parent/child connection. You can connect with her at
her website Tessastuckey.com or follow her on instagram
- Why she wanted to work with teens and parents.
- Kids came to me with suicidal thoughts.
- It scared me that they were going to grow up in a world where
suicide was so common.
cultural influences that are happening in today’s world.
- Social Trend - people see it and so they think it. Not being
balanced with appropriate preventative care.
- Immediate gratification - everything is just a click away.
Teaching our kids how to struggle. There is no instant fix for an
emotional hardship. You have to think a little unnaturally to slow
things down a little bit.
- Lack of personal connections are being made. Social media is
meant for connection but it doesn’t create the same closeness and
- Attention seeking - longing to feel important. It has become an
acceptable way to get attention in our society. Reacting to a lack
of attention and lack of resilience.
- Social media - 5 categories: don’t need to connect face to
face, comparison, kids can’t turn their social life, cyberbullying
(hurt people hurt people), phone addiction.
- Pressure - we live a go-go-go lifestyle. No mercy and no grace.
Everyone is striving to be perfect.
- Be the supporter and helper for your child and not the fixer
for all their problems.
- How to be a transformative principal? Understand your own
philosophies on the kids you interact with. What are the core
values you want kids to have when they leave your school? This is
not just mental illness anymore.