Parent-Teen Expert Joins First Lady at Regional Youth Conference

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The White House invites author, master certified coach, and mom, Barbara McRae, to offer strategies on how to successfully cope with the challenges of parenting today's youth.

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Helping America’s Youth (HAY), an initiative designed to examine solutions for the crises facing American youths, teams up with parent-teen coach and expert Barbara McRae at a regional White House conference in Denver. Barbara’s expertise in parent-teen relationships makes her a valuable addition to a roster of educators, researchers, and community leaders joining with the First Lady.

The dangers of being uninformed about how to successfully parent teenagers are great. Often unsuspecting parents make the mistake of thinking that they are immune to teen problems that are becoming all too common. As an expert panelist, Barbara outlines her Essential Parenting Blueprints™, encouraging parents to stay connected to preteens and teenagers within the family in order to help teens grow into well-adjusted adults.

Teen Frontier’s founder, Barbara McRae, MCC, believes, “With the possible exception of the ‘terrible twos,’ no age gets as much bad press as the teen years. Underneath the disagreements about everything from what to eat to what to do in their spare time, it is possible for parents and teens to have healthy, loving relationships.”

The HAY initiative believes in the urgency of helping young people across the country and is based on the belief that children have a greater chance to succeed, and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors, if they are connected to their family, school, and community. Bringing together various community leaders, educators, parents, and researchers to discuss the challenges facing young people, the forum focuses on families, schools, and communities as a means of change and growth.

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