Parent Resources

Teenagers (& Tweens). Nothing can fully prepare us for the way children change during the adolescent years, but learning how their minds, emotions, and social needs develop can go a long way toward helping us maintain strong, healthy relationships with our tweens and teens. Explore the ideas and activities offered by The SELF Project to see what you can do to positively impact your child’s life during these challenging years.

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The SELF Project offers simple, science-backed tools and resources to leverage your adolescent’s unique developmental power to help them to feel less confused, communicate better, improve relationships, be more successful, and connect with their loved ones and communities.

It’s not impractical, boring advice from a psychologist in a lab school, it’s not the latest woo-woo tricks and tips, it’s an honest, data-driven approach from a fellow parent of teens, designed to help you leverage the amazing advantages your teenager already has within them.

With The SELF Project for Parents, you’ll understand the science behind why they act the way they do, and implement the simple exercises to break through the difficulties of the teen years to build a stronger relationship with your child, and empower them for adulthood.

Books & Videos

The SELF Project for Parents

This workbook was designed to help parents and other caregivers of adolescents navigate the difficult teen years with mindfulness. The ideas and activities will help you develop your understanding of the adolescent brain and social-emotional needs and strengthen your relationship with your teen or tween.

One Teenager at a Time

This book is a social-emotional education manual for middle/high school educators and other organizations that work to guide youth in healthy personal and social development. The curriculum is innovative, creative, and draws on the most current research in education, mindfulness, and adolescent brain development.

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Workshops & 1-on-1

Parent Workshops

Parenting is hard work.

Parenting tweens and teens is another thing altogether, as they shift into another stage of brain and social development that is often baffling.

The SELF Project offers training and parent groups that emphasize mindfulness and nonviolent communication to help navigate these years with fewer power struggles and more effective strategies. Based on research by Brené Brown, Dr. Dan Siegel, Dr. Laura Kastner and others, the goal of these groups is to build community and support for people raising tweens and teens and strengthen family relationships.

We offer strategies for having conversations about social media, substance use and abuse, sexual intimacy, and dealing with stress and anxiety. Using mindful parenting techniques, we can help parents create a solid plan to guide their kids through these tumultuous years and help educators create stronger connections with students.

1-on-1 Mindful Parenting Sessions

Need help parenting your teen?

Work with our founder, Kari O’Driscoll one-on-one via a video call. We can target your biggest concerns and talk about ways to build a stronger, more purposeful relationship with your child. 

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