Northwestern Medicine Behavioral Health in St. Charles is launching a complementary weekly Parenting Connection group.
Northwestern Medicine Behavioral Health in St. Charles is launching a complementary weekly Parenting Connection group. Courtesy of Northwestern

For generations, parenting a teen has had its challenges. However, with the rise of social media, smartphones and cyber-bulling, parents today are facing new difficulties and an alarming rise in teen depression and suicide.

To assist parents in navigating the modern challenges of parenting teens, Northwestern Medicine Behavioral Health in St. Charles is launching a complementary weekly Parenting Connection group.

Under the guidance of a licensed behavioral health therapist, Parenting Connection will offer education and a forum for parents to discuss challenges along with other parents. Topics include social media, cellphone use, substance abuse, teen anxiety, peer pressure, boundaries and helicopter parenting.

“Adolescence can be a tricky time to navigate as teens work to develop a sense of autonomy and independence from parents,” said Eric Nolan, MD, medical director, Northwestern Medicine Behavioral Health, St. Charles. “Along with this comes conflict. The irritability and moodiness can be overwhelming for parents to tolerate and understand.”

Today’s parents are dealing with the added stressors of the digital age. Research reveals a startling increase in teen depression and suicide…

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