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When I was fifteen, I was a silent, brooding alien. My parents knew I was struggling, but I’d only grunt in their response to their offers to help. At school, I was too focused on my crushes and friends to notice when my grades were slipping or think about my future career.
Luckily, I’m now 28 years old. I speak in full sentences, and am almost certainly human. I’ve worked with young people as a teacher, speaker and writer for many years.
In this time of massive technological change, we’re facing a bigger communication gap between generations than ever before. This talk travels inside the mind of a fifteen year old, and discusses what parents and teachers can do to help connect with teenagers in school and at home. Many of our teenagers are depressed, isolated or confused. With a few key strategies, we can help them lead happier lives.
I’ve worked as a professional writer for ten years. Despite warnings from teachers and career counselors, I’m yet to end up penniless and in the gutter. In this time, I’ve also had the opportunity to meet and talk with many other writers. I believe there’s a key set of underlying values to most successful creative […]
My adolescence was a struggle. I was navigating having two brothers with Asperger’s Syndrome, trying to fix my parent’s marriage, summoning up the courage to ask my crush out on a date, wondering if I fancied girls or boys, and needed to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. […]