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July 2016 Newsletter

Summer’s Balancing Act

by Channing Herrera, MFT
The summer months can be an opportunity to relax and take a break from the busy school year schedule. However, summer can also turn into over-planned, event-filled weeks that inadvertently create more stress than relief. The weeks of summer can fly by if the scheduled is filled, but seem long and boring if nothing is planned. Here are some tips to help your teen find the balance between boredom and busyness this summer:
Talk About It
Sit down with your teen to explore interests and communicate any pre-existing plans. This allows you the opportunity to be on the same page about what’s important to each of you this summer and what things each of you may already have scheduled, so there are no unpleasant surprises. Avoid setting a preplanned schedule on your teen’s behalf; instead, allow your teen to take an active role in deciding any summer plans based on his/her interests. This will support your teen in building autonomy and making choices.
Healthy Down Time
Set time aside for rest and relaxation. Although sleep is important for a developing young adult, it should not be the only source of rest, nor should your teen be leaving a permanent body indentation on the couch from Netflix binging. Explore the many other activities that can be relaxing, fun, and healthy such as light exercise, playing games outdoors, walking, and yoga – all of which can support healthy emotional regulation. Family vacations are another fun part of summer that can be both active and restful. It can be helpful to have a day or two of rest when returning from vacation before getting back into the regular routine again.
Summer is also an opportunity to be productive in areas that get pushed aside during the school year. Teens can catch up on community service hours, attend doctor appointments, start SAT prep or college applications, find a part time job, take up a new hobby, or complete driver's training. If your teen is planning to do one of these tasks this summer, help your teen plan out when he/she will work on it and when it will be completed. Completing the task early in the summer will lead to lower stress, higher productivity, and more time to plan fun activities!
Focus on Friendships 
Developmentally, it is appropriate and healthy for teens to become more independent and want to spend more time with their friends. Encourage your teen to spend time with friends and even reconnect with old friends they haven’t seen in a while. Summer can be a great time to create good memories with friends, build self-esteem, and improve social skills.  
Family Time
Set time aside to strengthen family connections. In our busy society, this can be difficult, but it’s important to schedule family bonding time especially during summer when your teen has more free time. Your teen will appreciate the family time – even though it’s unlikely he/she will admit it. Relationship-building activities can include: family dinners, catching up on your teen’s day, walking the dog together, going on day trips, or partaking in each other’s interests.
Collaborate with your teen to make this a great summer. Creating a loosely structured summer allows your teen to pursue interests, catch up on tasks that may have fallen by the wayside, and unwind from a busy school year. We hope you and your teen have a summer free of stress and boredom. Happy Summer! 

Would you like additional tips and suggestions to help your teen? Visit our Los Gatos Teen Therapy blog to read more articles, or contact us at 408.389.3538 to learn more about our parent support counseling services.

About The Author

Channing Herrera is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an In-Home Teen & Family Coach at Los Gatos Teen Therapy. She facilitates positive communication strategies that are family focused and culturally competent, and provides a supportive environment that encourages positive coping skills while working through issues related to trauma, anxiety, depression, and stress management. Channing is trained in Crisis Intervention, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Structural/Systems Family Therapy.

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Mona Tahsini, MFT is celebrating 5 years at Los Gatos Teen Therapy!

Mona is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has been working with teens and families since 1999, providing crisis intervention and individual, group, and family therapy. In 2007, Mona became a counselor for San Francisco's Department of Public Health at Juvenile Hall, where she now leads as the Director of Behavioral Health Services managing multiple clinicians and overseeing the mental health needs of the incarcerated youth. She also serves as the In-Home Coaching Program Manager here at Los Gatos Teen Therapy.

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