According to a comprehensive body of research conducted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), teens must undergo the following 10 tasks for healthy adolescent development:

  1. Adjust to sexually maturing bodies and feelings

  2. Develop and apply abstract thinking skills

  3. Develop and apply new perspective on human relationships

  4. Develop and apply new coping skills in areas such as decision making, problem solving, and conflict resolution

  5. Identify meaningful moral standards, values, and belief systems

  6. Understand and express more complex emotional experiences

  7. Form friendships that are mutually close and supportive

  8. Establish key aspects of identity

  9. Meet the demands of increasingly mature roles and responsibilities

  10. Renegotiate relationships with adults in parenting roles

MIT also outlines five important ways parents/guardians can influence healthy adolescent development:

Love and Connect

Monitor and Observe

Guide and Limit

Model and Consult

Provide and Advocate

"Researchers agree that the essential role of parents really changes very little from childhood to adolescence. What can and must change are the strategies for carrying out this role."
~MIT "Raising Teens" report

Springhouse will be holding a focus group for parents/guardians of adolescents to discuss how to structure our parent education programming. If you are interested, please contact Head of School, Jenny Finn.

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