How To Ensure Your Teen's Success
Joshua Wayne, MA is a Nationally Certified Counselor with 20+ years of experience working with teens & families.
The truth is, teens have always struggled with fitting in, finding their authentic voice, and issues around self-confidence and self-esteem, but Social Media makes it more pervasive than ever because it’s happening on their phone 24/7, not just when they have to pick a table to sit at in the school cafeteria.
I’ve been working with teens and their parents for over two decades, and I can honestly say that Shane Feldman's new teen mentoring program is more critical than ever. Almost a third of adolescents today have met the criteria for a mental health disorder and suicide is the second leading cause of death with youth today.
There are a number of things Shane's MentorMyTeen.com program gets right. First and most importantly, the videos are very fun to watch, and your teen will enjoy them. But don’t be mistaken. Shane is not just another clever YouTuber vying for your teen’s attention with mindless shenanigans. He’s using that entertaining style they enjoy to deliver powerful, practical, life-changing advice. The program covers important topics including building confidence and self-esteem, overcoming stress and pressure, setting goals and following through, avoiding burnout, taking responsibility, and making wise choices.
Research has proven that people learn best when they’re having fun. As Winston Churchill said, “Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught”. Without question, Shane’s program will get your teen in the frame of mind to enjoy being taught.
Second, the videos are the right length. I don’t need to tell you that teens, especially in the social media age, don’t have the best attention span. Shane’s videos are long enough to cover the important bases, but short enough to hold their attention. They won’t be bored. In fact, they’ll probably look forward to moving on the next one ASAP.
Finally, Shane speaks their language. He’s old enough to be grounded in the adult world, with an adult worldview and mature values. And yet he’s young enough to really speak their language. There’s little risk they’ll shut down because they think Shane is lecturing them. In fact, they’re likely to think they’ve found a trusted advisor – or a mentor if you will –they can really listen to.
Supporting academic research used in the review of this program:
· A study in the journal, College Teaching, found that students could recall a statistics lecture more easily when the lecturer added jokes about relevant topics.
· In her book, Neurologist, Judy Willis showed how fun experiences increase levels of dopamine, endorphins, and oxygen – all things that promote learning.
· In a study for the Journal of Vocational Behaviour, Michael Tews found that employees are more likely to try new things if their work environment is fun.