Teen Milestone: Expressing Gratitude

As parents, we often count our blessings. Our teens are just learning to count them. Hearing a child express genuine gratitude is worth savoring — especially when it comes in the form of recognition for the work you do to support the family and household. Your teen shows heartfelt appreciation. Maybe that’s followed by clearing the dishes unprompted, offering to babysit a sibling without pay, or making the bed regularly. (Other ways of expressing appreciation!) Showing gratitude is linked to building resilience, decreasing stress, and allowing teens to develop a sense of how they matter in the world. It’s a win-win for all.

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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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