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A critical mission of the Center for Parent and Teen Communication (CPTC) is amplifying best practices for effective parenting and raising young people prepared to thrive into adulthood. We are committed to reframing the science behind and the conversation around adolescent development to recognize the unique and exciting capabilities of teens while strengthening family relationships. We do so by providing resources online, educating parents and professionals through youth development workshops and seminars, and advocating for a more balanced and positive view of teens and teen behavior at conferences around the world. Members of the CPTC team and our affiliated experts appear in national and local press including, The Washington Post, ABCNews.com, Your Teen Magazine, Romper.com, Psychology Today, and the award-winning podcast "Edit Your Life."

Press

As much as we’d like to, we can’t shield our children from stress. In this NBC10 feature, Dr. Ken Ginsburg discusses strategies to build resilience through hardship.

The Center for Parent and Teen Communication was in the spotlight as NBC10’s Pam Benson took a look at how our resources can support families to communicate through both good and tough times.

Grown & Flown does a Q & A with CPTC Co-Founder Dr. Ken Ginsburg on how changing the way we think about teens can change our experience raising them.

In the MetroKids article Kids Need to Take Risks, But How Much?, author Dr. Ann L. Rappoport uses our expert guidance on how parents can guide their children to take healthy and safe risks to support their development.

In this USA Today piece on how parents can help ensure children’s happiness after divorce, Dr. Ginsburg’s 7 C’s of Resilience model is featured. Check it out for actionable tips for families dealing with separation or divorce.

Writer Annie Reneau of Grown & Flown and Motherhood and More wrote a touching account of her daughter’s experience opening up to her teachers about her mental health struggles. She quotes CPTC and Dr. Ken Ginsburg on how talking about mental health can reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues and increase youths’ willingness to seek help when needed.

“When you care for your self as a parent, you model self care for your child.” Learn this and much more on Grown & Flown’s facebook live interview with Dr. Ken Ginsburg on changing the conversation about teens. It has over 20,000 views so far and has sparked some great conversations!

Check out Episode 122 of the Edit Your Life podcast “Helping Teens Thrive.” Dr. Ken Ginsburg talks with host Christine Koh about flipping the script on parenting teenagers. They discuss ways parents can remain connected to their teens while preparing them for an independent, successful adult life.

Co-Founder of the CPTC Dr. Ken Ginsburg interview with ABC News on teen resilience after traumatic events, in particular what the future may hold for members of the Thai soccer team rescued after being trapped for more than two weeks in a cave.

Is your teen a creative thinker? Are you concerned about your child’s readiness to enter the uber-competitive working world? This Washington Post article, featuring the CPTC’s Co-Founder, Dr. Ken Ginsburg reveals strategies for preparing adolescents to be ready for the road ahead.

Where is the line drawn between protecting teens and smothering them? Your perspective on this question likely varies from your child’s point of view. In this JewishPress.com piece, “The Parenting Balancing Act,” the CPTC reveals the “just-right” approach that makes parents and teens feel whole and strengthens their relationship.

Co-Founder of the CPTC Dr. Ken Ginsburg has coined a term that offers great insight into the most effective way to parent — to be a “lighthouse” for your child. This piece on Romper.com provides a terrific overview of this concept.

On days when parenting presents little challenges that feel bigger, here’s a parenting philosophy to help keep you in check. Lighthouse Parenting is featured in this piece on Romper.com.

Would you be surprised to know that one of the most important lessons parents can learn about raising children is to take the long term view? This means taking a step back from daily concerns and focusing instead on what’s being done to grow happy adults. This article in California’s East Bay Times explains the CPTC’s distinctive approach.

Contrary to what you may believe, children don’t need 100% consistency, all the time, every day, 24/7. Teens can actually benefit from instability. Dr. Ken Ginsburg, Co-Founder of CPTC, spoke with SheKnows.com about the developmental upsides of change.

We know parenting isn’t always easy. Every once in a while you may get angry with your children and need help cooling off. If this sounds like you — even some of the time — take a moment to read this article. Your Teen Magazine includes a helpful conversation with the CPTC about loving your adolescent even when your relationship is being tested.

Like fashion trends, some parenting styles come and go. But the CPTC strongly believes there is one best way to raise children — to adopt a “Lighthouse” approach. Read this article on Romper.com to learn more.

How well do you and your teen communicate? Getting teens to talk is important so families can stay connected. In this article in Your Teen Magazine, CPTC Co-Founder Dr. Ken Ginsburg reveals the most effective strategies for keeping those essential lines of communication open, no matter your child’s age.

The Washington Post takes time to unravel a critical topic for parents of teenage boys: How to stay connected when it seems all they want to do is clam up and just not engage with parents. We’re thrilled CPTC Co-Founder Dr. Ken Ginsburg was asked to weigh in on this important subject. Click here for helpful strategies to keep those all-important lines of communication open.

Interested in raising a child who sees the glass as half full rather than half empty? Read this uplifting and empowering piece in Mother Magazine to learn ten strategies for doing just that. The tips are practical and don’t cost any money. And they’re all provided by Dr. Ken Ginsburg, CPTC’s Co-Founder!

What role should parents have in teaching children about love and sex? Should schools play a part? In this Washington Post article, Dr. Ken Ginsburg, Co-Founder of CPTC, offers his perspective of how to effectively get these often challenging, Intimate conversations started so they’re more likely to be productive and continue.

Blogs

Dr. Ken Ginsburg, Co-Founder of the CPTC, and Eden Pontz, Executive Producer and Director of Digital Content, reveal in Psychology Today why they are heartened and inspired by teen activism. And why we all should be!

In this piece in Psychology Today, CPTC Co-Founder Dr. Ken Ginsburg reveals how setting boundaries is one of the most effective ways parents communicate love to their teens. There are other important ways, too. Read on to learn additional strategies.

Need guidance for speaking with your children about acts of violence in your community or in the news? In his seminal writing for Psychology Today, CPTC Co-Founder Dr. Ken Ginsburg explains best strategies for having these often difficult discussions.

In this piece on Parents are Talking, an educational website aimed at encouraging healthy sexual behaviors (spearheaded by Dr. Aletha Akers, a faculty member and gynecologist at the CPTC!), we talk about the importance of defining success in a way that allows young people to thrive far into adulthood.

Features

The Cornerstone blog put out by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Research Institute featured the CPTC, our website launch, and our mission to transform understandings and expectations about the teenage journey into adulthood.

Check out 3 ways to build resilience in your child, as featured in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Health Tip of the Week series.

Penn News Today interviewed CPTC Co-Founders Drs. Carol Ford and Ken Ginsburg about re-framing the conversation about adolescence. Check it out here!

The Research Institute at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia interviewed Co-Founders Drs. Carol Ford and Ken Ginsburg on the mission and vision of the CPTC in their Bench to Bedside series.