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Parenting Pre-teens & Teens

Connecting the "I don't know"

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines an adolescent as any person between ages 10 and 19.  During the pre-teen stage (age of 9-12), children change in significant ways. Their thinking patterns and mental abilities go through major developments. Personality, character, and a worldview are being formed and molded for the long term.

Teenagers (age of 13+) can be unpredictable as they search of own identity and independence and being influenced by peers and social media. However, they still need parent's care and connection in a special way. Parents have to take a parenting shift with their struggling teens to navigate the unique approach of guiding and connecting each teenager.

The Adolescent Brain by Dan Siegel 

What Teenagers Want You to Know

If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a free, 24-hour hotline at 1.800.273.8255. If your issue is an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. If you need local crisis intervention/support in the Bay Area, check out Bay Area Suicide Crisis & Intervention Alliance (BASCIA) online. I do not offer crisis counseling or emergency services. 

Bassy Lee is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist  at Couples Recovery Center and is supervised by Dr. Harry Motro, a Couple Counselor, and is an employee of Harry Motro, Psy.D., Marriage and Family Therapist, P.C., which is a Professional Corporation. Couples Recovery Center provides specialized couples counseling and includes the following professionals:


The recommendations on this website do not constitute professional advice, substitute for professional treatment, or establish a therapeutic relationship.



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