Teenage music choices

Douglas Green, MFT, a family therapist, explains why teenagers choose "awful" music to listen to and what parents can do to move past this stage of teenage rebellion.
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Why does your teenager listen to such awful music? It's a very logical situation. Young children want more than anything to please their parents. They are going to learn to agree with their parents on just about everything. They will like their parents music. They will like their parents clothes. They will agree with their parents political beliefs. Later, when they become teenagers, it's essential for them to go to the next level of self-definition; which means to turn against, pretty much everything their parents believe in and like. Hopefully, that doesn't mean they become thieving arsonists, but one safe area for this, they will like music that their parents can't stand. Don't worry, because they will keep growing. Eventually, they will start listening to some of the stuff you listen to again, as they really begin to decide for themselves. Most likely, they are still going to like the stuff that you can't stand today. It's part of their lives. It's part of the unique, creative person that you want.

Douglas Green, MFT, a family therapist, explains why teenagers choose "awful" music to listen to and what parents can do to move past this stage of teenage rebellion.

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Douglas Green, MFT

Child Therapist

Douglas Green left a successful career as a writer and director of film, stage and television to become a Psychotherapist, specializing in helping children and teenagers live lives they can be proud of.  He has a degree in Drama Therapy, and uses creative active techniques often in his work.  He has extensive experience in working with numerous childhood issues, such as ADHD, autism, Asperger's, depression, anxiety, and recovery from physical, sexual, and emotional Abuse.  He works at two offices, one in Woodland Hills, CA and one in West Los Angeles, CA, and is an Adjunct Professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

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