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Successful, resilient teens



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August 27, 2012 — If you have a teenager in your life, you’re probably wrangling everyday with issues that have to do with their desire for independence. Should he go on dates? Should she stay out late? How much help do they really need with matters at school? Some experts say the optimal parent is involved and responsive to their child. They set high expectations but respect their child’s autonomy. Guest host Jennifer Lynn explores guiding teens — how parents and guardians can learn to let go in ways that allow young adults to thrive on their own. Guests include Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D. and Susan Fitzgerald, authors of “Letting Go with Love and Confidence.” Also on the show is Salome Thomas-El, also known as “Principal El.”

Kenneth Ginsburg is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He also serves as Director of Health Services at Covenant House Pennsylvania, an agency that serves Philadelphia’s homeless and marginalized youth.

Susan Fitzgerald is a long-time Philadelphia journalist who specializes in children’s health issues. She was a reporter and editor for nearly 25 years at The Philadelphia Inquirer and now works as an independent writer. She also teaches journalism at La Salle University. Susan is the mother of three young adult sons.

Salome Thomas-El is the principal at Thomas A. Edison Charter School in Wilmington, Delaware. His latest book is “The Immortality of Influence.” He has paired up with Dr. Oz to educate America about the importance of living healthy inside and out.

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