Mental Health Issues

Mental health issues can affect any family, at any time. Buts stigmas around these issues can prevent parents from reaching out for help, for fear that they or their child will be judged.

Fortunately, there’s hope. People are breaking down barriers and talking more openly about mental illness and mental health issues. And with increased awareness and visibility comes greater access to resources for parents who struggle with these challenges.

These videos offer parental support and information on topics such as depression, self-harm, and how to obtain the help your child needs.

My Teen Doesn’t Want to Spend Time with the Family. Is This Typical?

Cheryl Frommelt MS LCPC LMFT
Clinical Director, Fox Valley Institute for Growth and Wellness
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Fox Valley Institute for Growth and Wellness
640 N. River Rd. Suite 108
Naperville, IL 60563
630.718.0717 x 210

My Teen Doesn’t Want to Spend Time with the Family. Is This Typical?

The teenage years are the time when most parents feel like their relationships with their kids become distant. It is appropriate for kids to have a fierce need for independence throughout their teen years. That does not mean they do not want to stay connected to you. It is critical for parents to remain involved and connected in order to be their teen’s moral and emotional compass.

Let’s discuss 5 ways for parents to stay connected to their teen.

1. Listen, empathize and keep advice to a minimum, no matter how good.
2. Be available when THEY want to talk, even if it is inconvenient for you.
3. Welcome your teen’s friends – you want them hanging out at your house, right?
4. Keep your relationship in “goodwill” balance. Fill your relationship with positive interactions.
5. DON’T TAKE IT PERSONALLY. This is not about you but their need for independence.

Remember: your teen really does want to spend time with you. They just want to spend time with you when they want to spend time with you.

Conversations with experts are intended for general information only, and are not meant to provide specific advice, diagnosis, and does not constitute professional care. If this is an emergency, please dial 911 immediately.