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How to Help Your Teen Through a Breakup

March 19, 2024

Breakups are tough at any age but for teenagers — who experience emotions more strongly than adults — they can be especially wrenching. And today’s teens are often tethered to their partners through the phone and social media, making it extra hard to find the space to grieve and move on. Parents and caregivers might not have all the answers, but you can provide crucial support in the days and weeks following your child’s breakup.

This week at, we’re exploring what that support can look like (as well as things you might be tempted to do, but should avoid). We take a look at how encouraging kids to stay active, even when they don’t feel like it, can boost their mood, and what to do if you think they might be depressed, and could need professional help. And we also offer tips for some other challenges in parenting teens: what to do if your child isn’t talking to you, if you’re tempted to take away their phone, or you think they need help, but they’re saying no to treatment.

– Faith Wilkins, Staff Writer | 

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How to Help Your Teen Through a Breakup

Powerful emotions plus social media make teen breakups messier than ever.


What to Do if You Think Your Teenager Is Depressed

Start by listening without judgment, not trying to 'fix' them.


What Is Behavioral Activation?

A form of therapy that uses activity to fight depression.


Help! My Teen Stopped Talking to Me

Tips for staying in touch while letting kids separate in a healthy way.


When Should You Come Between a Teenager and Their Phone?

The pros and cons of every parent's nuclear option.


Helping Resistant Teens Into Treatment

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