Teen Milestone: Communicating Emotions

When it comes to teens expressing their emotions around you, be happy when they get real. Teens benefit from being able to show a full range of genuine emotions and feelings in response to events in their lives. Bottling up feelings such as sadness, anger, or fear can lead to an emotional pile-up. When that happens, your teen could shut down, or their emotions could explode uncontrollably if stifled feelings become overwhelming. Whether it’s joy or sadness, be there to provide comfort with a smile and a hug or a shoulder to cry on when they communicate emotions.

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About Eden Pontz

Eden Pontz is Executive Producer and Director of Digital Content for CPTC. She oversees digital media content development and production for Parentandteen.com. She also writes, copyedits, and produces articles, podcasts, and videos for the site. Her pieces cover a range of topics including teen development, peer pressure, and mentoring. Eden brings years of experience as a former Executive Producer of Newsgathering at CNN, as well as a field producer, writer, and reporter for CNN and other news organizations.

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