24/7: A Resource For Working Parents



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Negotiating Independence with Teens

Independence is one of the biggest issues working parents with teenagers must grapple with. Teens want it, and often demand it. And parents want teens to become independent, fully functioning responsible adults… eventually.  What we disagree on is the schedule. Teens are capable and creative, but we know that their brains are not fully developed until they are in their 20s. Thus, navigating teens’ quest for independence involves a lot of negotiating. Here are some ideas about how to communicate with teenagers about independence, whether it’s about curfews, house rules or how high-school students are managing their online learning this coming school year.


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"What a great resource, covering practical and sensitive professional matters, for psychologists trying to manage the challenges of work-life balance! I can't wait to share this work with my team and colleagues."

Dr. Emily Selby-Nelson Director of Behavioral Health - Cabin Creek Health Systems


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24/7: The Working Parent which provides listeners with expert advice from leading psychologists Dr. Robin Alter, Dr. Ester Cole and Dr. Rebecca Pillai Riddell. "These are terrific and should be widely accessible to parents. So comprehensive, thoughtful and clearly articulated...really like the format." Dr. Lenora Butler The CEO of Volunteer Readers Program

 Welcome to 24/7: A Resource for Working Parents. We are proud to offer this resource that provides information and strategies that support the psychological health of working parents and their children. We appreciate and recognize the challenges for at-home parents and while this resource was designed to address needs articulated by those juggling work and family, at-home parents may find some of these strategies and tips useful as well. 

The information and suggestions presented here is based on the best, up-to-date psychological knowledge. Some of the ideas and strategies may reflect things you already know or have thought about. If so, that’s good! It means you are already using some of the best, tried and true. Keep in mind that sometimes, in the midst of a busy family life, as we just try to get through each day, we can lose sight of some of the basics that help us be the good parents. So, along with perhaps introducing some ideas that are new to you, we think it’s important to be reminded about what we already know.

If you do decide that you need to make some substantial changes in your lifestyle or parenting, remember that the road to positive change often starts with one small, but successful step. We suggest you start with one or two modest changes or new strategies that are doable for you. Then try to build on each small success. Good luck on your journey.

Thank you to Workplace Strategies for Mental Health for their support of 24/7: A resource for working parents.