Want to lower your teen's stress? – When Traci Garcia's 19-year-old daughter feels super stressed out, Garcia (the co-owner of a spa) treats her to a facial. "It's a full hour of uninterrupted relaxation that she appreciates," said Garcia of Harwood Heights, Illinois.
Want to lower your teen's stress? – Ivan Baker of Brooklyn, New York, shared his answer to helping a stressful teen: "Hand them a 4-year-old sister. That works for us."
Want to lower your teen's stress? – When Lisa Katzman's 17-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter are feeling stressed, one of the things the Chantilly, Virginia, mom does is encourage them to hang out with Ted, their wheaten terrier, especially while doing homework.
Want to lower your teen's stress? – Mona Steinberg said she helps her teenage daughters cope with stress by always being available to chat. "When they want to talk, drop everything you are doing and listen. As they get older, their desire to talk to their parents decreases, so treasure the moments when they do want to share and talk," she said.
Want to lower your teen's stress? – Jeanna Hale, mom of five including two teens and a 15-month-old, said teens today don't know how to unplug. "I insist on (a) technology-free family dinner. I also stick to a structure - teens need it. Chores, free time, clear expectations. And I talk to (my daughter) all the time - even when it drives her crazy."
Want to lower your teen's stress? – Merin Dahlerbruch says whenever her 17-year-old son is angry, stressed or down, he picks up his trumpet. "It gives him something else to focus on and allows him a fresh start. We love that he is already learning how to handle stress on his own, which hopefully will set him out on a good path for his life," she added.