Developing the essence of adolescents
At YoDAA we speak so often about boundaries and consequences and have even coined the term “kicking a young person IN TO the house, not out of the house”.
So much of our work is trying to understand young people, why they take risks, why they don’t always learn from their mistakes, why they seem to have so many emotions. We are continuously learning more about adolescents, their brains and how they develop and most importantly how we, as influential adults in their lives, should be helping them along this journey. Dr Dan Siegel helps explain the fundamental changes that are happening for a young person and how we should be interacting and responding to young people.
Kids in the House is a website that helps parents (and workers) understands what is happening for young people through many insightful videos. There are some basic things that we at YoDAA speak to on a daily basis, we try to encourage parents to keep connection to community and family strong with young people using substances, encourage positive risk taking behaviours, model behaviours that a person wishes to see in their child, and for so many learn how to sit with discomfort. At YoDAA we speak so often about boundaries and consequences and have even coined the term “kicking a young person IN TO the house, not out of the house”. So what do effective boundaries and consequences (or positive discipline) look like for a young person? Some of the advice we offer is learning how to deal with behaviours without adding fuel to fire, learning how to be consistent with young people,