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Navigating the Holiday Season with your struggling teen

The holiday season is upon us, and it's going to be filled with fun, family, and friends. As you dive into the festivities, here are some gentle nudges to help you make the most of it and stay true to yourself:

1. 🗣️ Let's Chat: Know that you can always share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. You're not alone in this, and there are people who genuinely want to hear your stories.

2. 🧠 Stay In-the-Know: Before making choices, gather facts. For instance, understanding the effects of alcohol or certain drugs might change how you feel about them. It's all about making informed decisions.

3. 🎉 Set Your Party Rules: What's your comfort zone at gatherings? Decide your boundaries in advance, so you’re not caught off guard. It's okay to have limits that make you feel safe and happy.

4. 🎭 Practice Your Replies: Ever felt caught off guard by a tricky question? Try thinking of some responses in advance, or even role-playing with a friend. It can be fun and super helpful!

5. 💃 Find Your Fun Zone: There are countless ways to enjoy a gathering, from dancing to games. Find what makes you light up, and don’t be afraid to dive into it!

6. 📱 Digital World, Real Feelings: Social media is amazing, but remember it's okay to take a step back if things get overwhelming. Discuss cool things you come across online with someone you trust.

7. 👯‍♂️ Your Squad Matters: Your friends shape your world. Get to know them well, and don’t be shy about introducing them to your family. It bridges two fantastic parts of your life.

8. 🌟 Be Your Best Role Model: Take inspiration from the awesome adults around you, but remember, you have the power to set your standards. Your choices can inspire others too.

9. 🤔 Think It Through: Before making a decision, consider the what-ifs. It's not about overthinking, but just ensuring you're happy with your choices.

10. 🤗 It's Okay to Ask for Help: If things feel tricky or overwhelming, it's perfectly okay to lean on someone – be it a friend, family member, or counselor. Everyone needs a listening ear sometimes.

The holidays are your time to shine and make wonderful memories. With these gentle nudges in mind, you're all set for a season filled with joy, laughter, and meaningful connections. Enjoy every moment! 💖

Sundance Canyon offers free consultation to parents. Most parents we help have a better knowledge of what next steps to take, if any, to intervene on behalf of their struggling teen. Call us at 866.241.3234 OR go to our CONTACT US page.

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