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ERIC Number: EJ1182192
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Identity, Purpose, and Happiness: Helping High-Achieving Adolescents Find All Three
Grubbs, Kathryn
Parenting for High Potential, v7 n2 p18-20 Jun 2018
The teenage years can be difficult, filled with questions, emotions, and decisions. For high-achieving adolescents who may experience asynchronous development or experience the world more intensely, these years can bring about intense emotions, feelings of isolation, or difficulty understanding the injustices of the world. Parents, may try to protect their children from experiencing the same level of teenage stress they felt only to hear the common reply: "You're not me!" While it's natural to take this as a cue to disengage and parent implicitly, parents must provide explicit support of teenagers as they figure out who they are, what they will do as adults, and what makes them happy. This article provides tips for parents of high achieving students to help them connect with their students and engage them in a conversation. Sample questions are also provided to help parents pursue happiness and establish their identities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A