Teen Touchpoint: A Sense of Purpose

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Teen Touchpoint: A Sense of Purpose

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There is a lot of different ways in which parents can be sure that their teenagers have a chance everyday to feel that they have a purpose, that they are contributing today. Some of these are actually doing a chores that we may not have introduce earlier but just being able to help out around the house, learning to do their own laundry which often parents put off until they realize that it is time for the kids to learn because they are going off to collage. Can help the child not like it is a chore, like it's burdensome, but like I am good by at being able to do things, to take care of myself. Other kinds of things that help our community service and unfortunately community services sometimes have gone distorted and into stuff kids do to put on their CV and their college application. So it is not that kind of community service, it might be taking care of lower kids and might be taking care of the elderly and might be working in an animal shelter. But it is got to be something that's really deeply personally meaningful to the teenager.

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Joshua Sparrow, MD

Child Psychiatrist & Author brazeltontouchpoints.org

A child psychiatrist, Dr. Sparrow’s care in the 1990s for children hospitalized for severe psychiatric disturbances, often associated with physical and sexual abuse, and for developmental delays aggravated by social and economic deprivation, prompted his interest in community-based prevention and health promotion. At the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, his work focuses on cultural adaptations of family support programs, organizational professional development, and aligning systems of care with community strengths and priorities, and has included collaborative consultation with the Harlem Children's Zone and American Indian Early Head Start Programs, among many others. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on related topics and has consulted on media programming for children and parents, including PBS’s Frontlines and Discovery Kids. Co-author with Dr. T. Berry Brazelton of 8 books and the weekly New York Times Syndicated column, “Families Today,” Dr. Sparrow has also served as a contributing editor to Scholastic Services’ Parent and Child magazine. In 2006, he revised with Dr. Brazelton Touchpoints: Birth to Three, 2nd Edition and in 2010, co-edited Nurturing Children and Families: Building on the Legacy of T. B. Brazelton, a textbook on the ongoing generativeness of Brazelton’s seminal research in a wide range of fields. Dr. Sparrow has authored numerous other scholarly works, teaches and lectures nationally and internationally, and is frequently called upon for his expertise by national and international media. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Sparrow worked for several years as a preschool teacher and journalist in New York City.

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