You know from your own experience that this is not easy.

Your teen (and you!) may benefit from learning the steps of problem-solving. Applying this method may make problems seem a bit more manageable.

1. State the problem. This sounds obvious, but it’s not! The real problem often gets lost as we worry about what might happen.

2. Come up with a bunch of solutions.What can you do? Don’t worry if they’re the right ones yet.

3. Judge your ideas. Will they work?

4. Make your choice. Settle on the best one.

5. Try it out.

6. What happened? How well did it work? What did you learn?

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