7 strategies for highly successful teens

Vanessa Van Petten is the founder, CEO and lead writer for Radical Parenting.

Hi! Happy New Year! I’m so excited to announce a new life-changing program I have created for teens. In this fun, entertaining and inspirational talk I go over the 7 strategies for highly effective teens. This is nothing like your typical high school presentation. Here are some highlights:

  • Groundbreaking research insights about the teen brain and behavior
  • Hilarious and inspiring videos
  • Immediately applicable action steps to motivate and encourage teens from all levels
  • Relatable stories for teens to feel engaged and understood

I can’t give too much away, but in this talk we delve into both the lighthearted and serious issues teens face including:

  • Effective communication with peers, parents and teachers
  • Mastering the online environment — preventing cyberbullying, staying savvy online and building a digital reputation that lasts
  • School — life balance, reducing stress and finding the right outlets
  • How to have healthy relationships with the important people in a teen’s life
  • Planning for the future, smart college applications, resume building and finding your life passions

I am stoked about this new talk and have already booked out January, February and March at High Schools, youth conferences and Parent groups around the US. Please contact our manager Lynn Campbell for pricing and date availability at manager@radicalparenting.com.

Find out if we might already be coming to your city! And yes, of course, we have tween, parent and teacher versions!

Teens and OCD: Having OCD isn’t only about being obsessive-compulsive

When you hear the acronym OCD, what do you think of? Someone who needs to put their silverware in order each time? Someone who must wash their hands 20 to 30 times per day? Or perhaps someone that needs to say someone’s name 10 times before actually being able to talk to them?

Yes, those are all potential characteristics of someone who is diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, but it doesn’t stop or even start there. For many people – especially children and teenagers – having OCD means having additional co-morbid neurological disorders, such as Tourette Syndrome, anxiety, depression, ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome and even autism.

To better understand what children and teenagers with OCD and their parents are going through and how their co-morbid disorders fit into the picture, I’m going to provide a couple of examples that have come through the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders (NJCTS) in the past year.

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