This is Part 2 in our special series for parents of Teens in this epic time of change where we are facing both a global pandemic and a burgeoning racial justice movement. 

To provide insight, perspective and guidance so we can both maintain our own healthy boundaries and support our teens developmental needs and unique life challenges I’ve invited my colleague Jenni Wiech LICSW-a psychotherapist who has been working with teens and their parents for over a decade.

Here’s a peak at what we discussed:

  • How to support the strong desire in many of our teens to be activists while keeping them safe in a pandemic.
  • How we can keep our eyes and minds open while we ride the steep learning curve we are on as parents as many of us are working to educate ourselves and keep pace with the awarenesses many of our kids already have around racism, and inequality and the effect of implicit racial bias and white privilege on people of color.
  •  How to help our kids respond to the complexities of activism in the world of social media, where they may be finding themselves being called out, criticized and sometimes bullied by peers whether they speak out against racism or stay silent.

Jenni Wiech specializes in family systems theory and teaches practices for healthy attachment and healing trauma. She works through a mindfulness based approach called Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) that helps people to develop skills for self-awareness, emotional regulation, effective communication and healthy boundaries.

Show Notes: 

The book Jenni Mentioned:
Raising White Kids:  Bringing Up Kids in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey

To learn about Jenni’s Parenting and Teen Workshops
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Penny Rosenzweig

I have a passion for transformational healing, consciousness, spiritual awakening and human potential. Since 2011, I have been in private practice where I work with both individuals and groups through a unique blend of coaching, mindfulness practices, energy work and spiritual mentoring.

I bring deep presence and compassion to my work along with intuitive guidance that allows me see quickly to the source of where my clients are hurt, stuck and needing support.

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