Teen Milestone: Self-Advocacy

Your teen feels wronged by a teacher or coach. Righting that wrong is a tough task. But this time, your teen wants to be the one who makes it right. Teens must learn to prioritize what matters to them and determine when to plead their case when forming an identity outside of their parents. Parents can help teens learn to speak with confidence and humility. To come up with solutions, and not just complaints. And to stay calm under pressure. Because effectively communicating ideas, feelings, and needs without putting adults on the defensive improves their chances of successful self-advocacy.

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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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