Jenn Bruer

Navigating the Teenage Years with ADHD: Practical Insights for Parents

Navigating the Teenage Years with ADHD: Practical Insights for Parents

Parenting teenagers can be a challenging endeavor on its own, but when ADHD enters the picture, it brings a unique set of complexities to the table. As a parent coach with a focus on supporting families navigating the world of ADHD, I’ve had the privilege of working with numerous parents who are seeking effective strategies to help their teenagers thrive. In this blog post, I’ll share valuable insights and tangible solutions for parenting teenagers with ADHD, drawing from both my experience and scholarly sources.

Understanding ADHD in Teenagers: The Journey of Uniqueness

Teenagers with ADHD often experience a journey of uniqueness—one that’s characterized by strengths, challenges, and an individualized approach to learning and growth. It’s important for parents to understand that ADHD isn’t just about difficulty focusing; it encompasses a range of executive functioning skills, including organization, time management, impulse control, and emotional regulation. Acknowledging and embracing this uniqueness is a vital first step in providing effective support.

The Role of Structure and Routine

Structured environments and consistent routines can significantly benefit teenagers with ADHD. As parents, creating a predictable framework helps teenagers know what to expect, reducing anxiety and enhancing their ability to manage tasks and responsibilities. Simple strategies such as using visual schedules, setting regular meal and sleep times, and establishing designated study periods can go a long way in promoting stability and success.

Effective Communication: The Key to Connection

Maintaining open and effective communication is paramount in any parent-teenager relationship, but it holds even greater significance when ADHD is involved. Regularly check in with your teenager to understand their perspective, validate their feelings, and provide a safe space for them to express themselves. Remember that impulsivity can sometimes lead to impromptu reactions, so practicing patience and active listening can foster a more harmonious connection.

Executive Functioning Support

Executive functioning skills are essential for success in school and daily life. Adolescents with ADHD often struggle in this area, but there are strategies to help bolster these skills. Break tasks into manageable steps, provide clear instructions, and encourage the use of tools such as planners or digital apps to aid organization. Celebrate small victories and progress, emphasizing effort rather than just outcomes.

Navigating Academic Challenges

Academic environments can pose particular challenges for teenagers with ADHD, but targeted interventions can make a significant difference. Collaborate with teachers to implement accommodations such as extended time for assignments or exams, preferential seating, or the use of assistive technology. Fostering a positive relationship with educators ensures that your teenager’s unique learning needs are met.

Supporting Emotional Well-being

Teenagers with ADHD may experience heightened emotional sensitivity and frustration due to the demands of managing their condition. Encourage the development of healthy coping strategies, such as mindfulness techniques, physical activities, or creative outlets. By nurturing their emotional well-being, you provide them with the tools to navigate life’s ups and downs more effectively.

Parent Coaching: A Valuable Resource

In my work as a parent coach, I’ve witnessed firsthand the transformative impact of tailored guidance for families navigating the challenges of parenting teenagers with ADHD. By offering tangible solutions, personalized strategies, and a supportive space to address concerns, parent coaching empowers parents to build strong relationships and implement effective approaches that lead to positive outcomes.

Scholarly Insights: Academic Validation

Scholarly research underscores the significance of tailored support for parents of teenagers with ADHD. A study published in the “Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology” (Murray et al., 2015) emphasized the importance of parent training programs in improving parent-teenager relationships and reducing disruptive behaviors. Furthermore, a paper in “Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology” (Chronis-Tuscano et al., 2010) highlighted the positive impact of behavioral interventions in enhancing executive functioning and academic performance in adolescents with ADHD.

Embracing the Journey

Parenting teenagers with ADHD demands patience, understanding, and a commitment to learning and growth. Remember that your teenager’s journey is unique, and the strategies that work best for them may differ from others. By fostering open communication, implementing structured routines, and seeking guidance when needed, you can provide your teenager with the tools they need to navigate their teenage years with confidence, resilience, and success.

If you’re seeking personalized support and effective strategies for parenting teenagers with ADHD, consider booking a session with me as a parent coach. Together, we can embark on a journey of growth, connection, and empowerment.

Reach out anytime for support,


– Murray, D. W., Rosanbalm, K., & Christopoulos, C. (2015). Promoting Self-Regulation in Adolescents and Young Adults: A Practice Brief. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 43(5), 947-959.
– Chronis-Tuscano, A., Molina, B. S., Pelham Jr, W. E., Applegate, B., Dahlke, A., Overmyer, M., & Lahey, B. B. (2010). Very early predictors of adolescent depression and suicide attempts in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Archives of general psychiatry, 67(10), 1044-1051.

Unveiling the Unseen Impact: Embracing the Ripple Effect of Kindness

Unveiling the Unseen Impact: Embracing the Ripple Effect of Kindness

In our journey as helpers, we often find ourselves seeking visible proof of our impact, yearning for the assurance that our efforts are making a tangible difference. However, the true power of our actions lies in the ripple effect they create, extending far beyond what meets the eye. As I reflect on this transformative concept, I am reminded of a poignant story that epitomizes the idea of unveiling the unseen impact.

A Transformative Connection: The Story of the Foster Child

A few years ago, during my time as a foster parent, I had the privilege of interacting with a remarkable 12-year-old girl. She was someone who, at first glance, I believed I hadn’t reached. She exuded an air of attitude, and our interactions often felt distant and disconnected. I found myself questioning whether I was truly making a difference in her life, especially considering her immense potential and intelligence. In those moments, I wished I could have done more to break through her walls and help her see her own worth.

Six months later, after her discharge from my home, our paths crossed again unexpectedly. What I saw left me utterly speechless. This once-attitudinal and distant girl stood before me, transformed in a way that words could hardly capture. She radiated a newfound sense of confidence, grace, and self-assuredness. In my astonishment, I couldn’t help but gasp and ask, “What happened to you?” Her response, however, is etched in my memory as a reminder of the profound impact our actions can have, even when they seem unseen. With a smile that carried the weight of her transformation, she simply said, “You happened to me.”

A Lesson in Unseen Impact

This story serves as a powerful lesson, reminding me of the impact we carry as helpers, even in moments when we doubt our reach. The memory of that 12-year-old girl stands as a testament to the transformative power of consistent care, empathy, and connection. She taught me that our impact doesn’t always unfold in the immediate aftermath of our interactions. Instead, it simmers beneath the surface, waiting for the right time to blossom.

Embracing the Wisdom of Caroline Myss

Caroline Myss, a renowned spiritual teacher, eloquently encapsulates this idea with her words: “You don’t know your impact; it’s not for you to know.” Myss’ wisdom underscores the essence of embracing the unseen impact. It echoes through the story of a man who was on the precipice of ending his own life, only to be saved by a woman’s simple act of kindness—a smile filled with grace. The woman had no inkling of the battle he was fighting, yet her warmth and compassion became the lifeline he desperately needed.

The Resonance of Unseen Impact in the Helping Field

As helpers, we are often driven by a profound desire to make a positive impact in the lives of others. Yet, the very nature of our work means that this impact isn’t always visible to us. It’s in the quiet moments of listening, in the outstretched hand of support, and in the genuine presence we offer that the seeds of transformation are sown. These seeds may lay dormant for a time, but when the conditions are right, they unfurl into profound change.

Affirming Our Helper’s Ethic: Embrace the Unseen Impact

The field of social work is grounded in ethical principles that emphasize acting in the best interest of clients, even when immediate results may not be apparent. This ethic can resonate deeply with all helpers, guiding us to embrace the unseen impact of our actions. Just as social workers trust in the potential for transformation, we too must trust that our efforts create ripples that extend far beyond our awareness.

The Power of Assuming Impact: A Call to Action

In a world that values immediate outcomes, embracing the concept of assuming impact can be a transformative practice. Rather than seeking confirmation or recognition, we choose to believe that every act of kindness, compassion, and support carries within it the potential to inspire, uplift, and heal. We become conduits of change, allowing the ripples of our actions to create waves of transformation.

Unveiling the Unseen Impact in the Realm of Burnout

The path of a professional helper often intersects with burnout, a reality that can be overwhelming. Embracing the notion of unveiling the unseen impact holds immense potential in mitigating burnout. When we recognize that our impact goes beyond what we can immediately perceive, we free ourselves from the burden of seeking constant validation. The story of the transformed foster child serves as a beacon of hope, reminding us that even when we question our reach, our efforts can plant seeds of change that take time to flourish.

Embracing the Ripple Effect of Kindness

In closing, the story of the 12-year-old foster child reminds me that the impact of our actions can go unseen for a time, only to emerge in the most beautiful and unexpected ways. As we navigate our journey as helpers, let us remember that the ripples of our kindness, care, and connection have the power to create transformative waves that shape lives, communities, and the world itself.

With unwavering dedication to the unseen impact of our actions,

Jenn Bruer

Finding Balance and Healing at Home: A Mindfulness Journey to Prevent and Recover from Burnout

Finding Balance and Healing at Home: A Mindfulness Journey to Prevent and Recover from Burnout

*Hey there, lovely souls! It’s Jenn Bruer, your guide to all things mindful living and healing. Today, we’re diving deep into the art of mindfulness and how it can be your trusted companion on the path to preventing and recovering from burnout. So grab your favorite cozy blanket and a cup of tea, and let’s embark on this soothing journey together.

Mindfulness: Your Sanctuary Amidst Life’s Chaos

Life can often feel like a whirlwind of responsibilities, deadlines, and endless to-do lists. Our constant pursuit of success can sometimes lead us down a path of burnout – a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion. But fear not, because mindfulness is here to save the day! At its core, mindfulness is all about being present in the moment, accepting your thoughts and feelings without judgment. It’s like giving yourself a warm, compassionate hug in the midst of life’s chaos.

The Mind-Body Connection: Science Speaks

Before we dive into the how-tos of starting a mindfulness practice, let’s take a quick peek into the science behind it. Numerous studies have shown that mindfulness can have profound effects on our overall well-being. From reducing stress and anxiety to boosting cognitive function and emotional resilience, the benefits are truly remarkable. In fact, a study conducted by JAMA Internal Medicine found that mindfulness meditation led to significant improvements in symptoms of anxiety, depression, and pain. ([1])

Creating Your Mindfulness Sanctuary at Home

Step 1: Carve Out Your Sacred Space

First things first, find a cozy corner in your home where you can retreat to for your mindfulness practice. This can be a nook by the window, a cushioned chair, or even a dedicated meditation spot. Surround yourself with calming elements like soft pillows, scented candles, and perhaps a plant or two to create a soothing atmosphere.

Step 2: Set Aside Time

In the hustle and bustle of life, time often slips through our fingers. But here’s your chance to reclaim it. Dedicate a specific time each day for your mindfulness practice. It can be as short as 5 minutes to start with. Set an intention for this time – it’s your commitment to your well-being.

Step 3: Breathe and Be

Sit comfortably, close your eyes, and take a deep breath. Feel the air entering your lungs and then leaving your body. As thoughts arise (and they will), simply acknowledge them without judgment and gently bring your focus back to your breath. This simple act of redirecting your attention cultivates your mindfulness muscle.

Step 4: Embrace Guided Practices

If you’re new to mindfulness, guided meditations can be your guiding light. There are wonderful apps like Headspace and Calm that offer a plethora of mindfulness exercises for various needs, from stress relief to sleep assistance.

The Healing Power of Mindfulness: A Glance into the Benefits

Mindfulness is like a healing elixir for your soul. Here’s a glimpse into the treasure trove of benefits it offers:

1. Stress Reduction: Mindfulness helps you step away from the chaos of life and find calm amidst the storm.

2. Emotional Resilience: By cultivating non-judgmental awareness, you learn to respond to challenges with grace and resilience.

3. Enhanced Focus: Regular mindfulness practice sharpens your focus and concentration, which can be a game-changer in today’s fast-paced world.

4. Improved Sleep: As you learn to quiet your mind, you’ll find it easier to slip into a peaceful slumber.

5. Empowerment Over Burnout: Mindfulness empowers you to recognize burnout triggers and take proactive steps to prevent it.

Remember, dear ones, that mindfulness is a journey, not a destination. Be patient with yourself and approach your practice with kindness.

Embrace the Journey

As you embark on this mindfulness journey, know that you’re taking a powerful step towards your well-being. Just as I shared in my book, “Helping Effortlessly,” healing is a journey we undertake with love and patience. So, let’s create a space of tranquility in our homes, breathe in the present moment, and watch as the magic of mindfulness gently guides us back to our radiant selves.

Stay mindful, stay radiant.

With love and light,
Jenn Bruer

P.S. If you’re curious to learn more about the scientific wonders of mindfulness, be sure to check out the study by JAMA Internal Medicine: [Reference 1].

[Reference 1] Study: Mindfulness meditation programs showed moderate evidence of improving anxiety, depression, and pain, by Madhav Goyal et al., JAMA Internal Medicine, 2014.

(Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.)