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For many parents, the teen years are filled with fears and challenges, especially as they approach leaving the nest and going off on their own. Will they be safe? Will they know what to do? Are they ready?

If you have experienced any of these questions or similar ones, this episode is for you! Teandra Gordon, PhD, LMFT-Supervisor, and Director of School Based Therapy at Legacy Community Health, joins Tracy to talk about how parents can prepare themselves and their teens for the next stages of life, while building trust and teaching them to trust their instincts and be ready to venture out into the world.

About Teandra Gordon:

Dr. Gordon is Vice President of School Based Health at Legacy Community Health in Houston, TX. Legacy clinics are committed to drive healthy change in communities across Houston by providing primary care and behavioral health services to students and families on school campuses.

Dr. Gordon is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with a passion for seeing children succeed and promoting healthy families. She testified in front of the state Legislature twice as a champion for school-based health care, and during her tenure as a leader in school based health, Legacy increased its partnerships from 7 clinics to 27 clinics across Houston. Dr. Gordon has publications in several scholarly journals and her research has been presented at national conferences. She is also a wife, mother of five, and author of the parenting education book, Purpose Filled Parenting.

Here are some resources mentioned in this episode:

Dan Siegel’s Google Talk

Dan Siegel’s Book for Understanding Teens

Carol Dwecks TED Talk

Carol Dwecks Book on Growth Mindset

A special thanks to our team:

Tracy Lehman, Host & Executive Producer

Os Galindo, Senior Producer & Engineer

Yue Nakayama, Audio Engineer

Jacel Dickson, Editor & Graphic Designer

Administrators: Mary Elizabeth Hand and Audrey Omenson

with music by Jim Roman

Thanks for listening!

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