The Dark Tunnel of Adolescent Evolution (Part 1): Why Parents Need to Stay in The Game


Introducing an 8-part series to help parents

This is the first of an eight-part interview series I conducted with Amy Frisch, a wonderful therapist who has been leading teenage girls’ groups for over twenty years.

In this segment, we discuss teenagers’ challenges as they leave their childhood behind.

The dark tunnel

The call of adolescence is to leave your childhood behind. That evolution, from childhood into adulthood, is like a dark tunnel. - Amy FrischClick To Tweet

Amy calls it a “dark tunnel,” which sounds dramatic, but you are leaving behind what you’ve always known, and you don’t know exactly who you will be as a young adult or how people will receive you.

It’s a reminder that adolescence is not easy, and maybe that’s why when I talk with most adults and tell them that I run a summer camp for teens, they often say, “I don’t think I would want to have to relive those years again.”

Amy offers parents some great advice that I know will help your teenager on this journey through “the dark tunnel.”

And maybe your child will look back on his or her teenage years someday and be reminded of how supportive you were as a parent.

“Consciously Parenting Teens” Video Series

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Adam Simon, Odyssey Teen Camp Director

Adam Simon

I'm Adam Simon. I started teen camp eighteen years ago with the vision of creating a space where teenagers would know they are safe from bullying or negative judgments and would feel free to show who they really are and to become their best selves. Let's connect, discuss, and engage...
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A Non-Profit Overnight Summer Camp For Teens Ages 13-18
Located in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts.