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There is so much stress and pressure in our culture today.
And our teens are not immune from it, either.
In addition to seasonal or weather-related issues, (you know, the "post-Christmas blues" or the "end of summer slump") they may also be dealing with other concerns:
- peer pressure…
- difficult coursework…
- balancing work and studies…
- quirky relationships…
- full-out depression
Actually, research has shown that depression affects about 20% of teens prior to reaching adulthood, and teen depression is a risk factor for developing a number of other mental health symptoms and disorders. Source
Now I'm not suggesting that a few words of encouragement are going to fix everything, but it certainly doesn't hurt to let our kiddos know we're on their side, and that "this, too, shall pass."
If you have a high-school Junior or a Senior, as I do, they are most likely wrestling with those longer-term “what-do-I-want-to-do-with-my-life?” type of questions. It's not an easy time for them, but you can help them out by modeling persistence, optimism, and a can-do spirit. You can also encourage them by sharing stories of people who have overcome serious life challenges, or perhaps by sharing your own experiences of the same...
Inspiring quotes for teens that will encourage, inspire and uplift them!
Much as I created this encouraging playlist for those who are inspired by music, I recognize that other people are more encouraged by words and literature (yes, even some teens!). So share some of these quotes with them – shoot them a text, post it on their Facebook wall, or heck, even print one or two out and tape it to their door or bathroom mirror!
Scroll down and shoot me your name and email address if you want to get your own copy of them. If you decide to print one or two or all of them, each will print on a full sheet of 8.5 X 11 paper. Feel free to laminate your favorites!
But please, if you suspect your teen is in crisis, depressed, or needs any kind of mental help, please don't hesitate to get it for them. The number for the National Youth Crisis Hotline is 800-448-4663. Find more resources for support and information here.
Everything will be ok in the end. If it's not ok, it's not the end! ~John Lennon
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams ~Eleanor Roosevelt
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind! ~Dr. Seuss
Come, friends, it's not too late to seek a newer world... ~Alfred Lord Tennyson
Do not sit still; start moving now. In the beginning, you may not go in the direction you want,
but as long as you are moving, you are creating alternatives and possibilities. ~Rodolfo Costa
Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else. ~Judy Garland
Want a copy of these images for yourself?
I'll bet you know a teen (or two!) who could use a little cheering up from time to time. Or maybe you could! Drop me your name and email and I'll shoot you the link to a pdf containing all 10 images, and the quotes for you to use as you will. Plus, I'm looking forward to reaching out from time to time with other encouraging and inspiring ideas for your homeschool...
Brighten someone's day...it's sure to brighten your own!
The darkest night is often the bridge to the brightest tomorrow... ~Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Don't let the muggles get you down. ~J.K. Rowling
Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent. ~Steve Martin
When everything seems to be going against you, remember...
the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. ~Henry Ford
Here are some more quotes, just waiting for your own graphic magic, or ready to send in an email or text...
Head up, heart open. To better days!
~ T.F. Hodge
If you have the opportunity to work on your gifts, it seems like a crime not to.
I mean, it's just weakness to quit because something becomes too hard...
~ Morgan Matson
Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.
~ Paulo Coelho
You see limitations; God sees opportunities.
You see faults; God sees growth.
You see problems; God sees solutions.
You see limitations; God sees possibilities.
You see life; God sees eternity.
~ Corallie Buchanan
Sometimes the best goal you can set is just to get out of bed every day.
If you can succeed at this, then other things become possible.
~ Cynthia Patterson
Surround yourself with those who believe in you.
Your life is too important for anything less.
~ Steve Goodier
The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.
~ Ivy Baker Priest
Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them.
~ Hugh Miller
A bend in the road is not the end of the road... unless you fail to make the turn.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did.
~ Mark Twain
Feel free to add any other encouraging or inspiring quotes that you know of in the comments... And do tell us how you have used them, too!