The Reason I Started This Website – What Teens Need
The Reason I Started This Website

The Reason I Started This Website

I started this website for my daughter. She is kind, loving, beautiful, smart, funny, considerate, all the adjectives that any parent could ask for in a child. She is also dealing with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and suicidal thoughts, all the things that keep parents like me from truly getting a good night's sleep.

Without going into too many details, let's say that everything seemed reasonable one day and very dark the next. It was startling and life-altering. The saddest part was that, in the days that followed, I learned that it most certainly should NOT have been unexpected — I should have seen it coming.

A couple of years have passed, and we have navigated the dark waters as best we can. Some days are fantastic, others the exact opposite, and the rest somewhere in between. That brings us to this site and the three pillars on which it is built.

There are three parts to WhatTeensNeed:

  • Products - Ways for teens to express themselves and expand world views, speak up, slow down, relax, etc.
  • Blog - I want to try to find a way to show some of the things my daughter and I have been through to help other parents and teens in some small way. There are also plenty of great resources out there for parents and teens alike that I would like to draw attention to. Who knows…maybe I can even get my daughter to post once in a while.
  • Giving - It's not set up yet, but eventually, you will be able to donate a portion of your purchase to the charity of your choice.

The truth is that there is no one thing that teens need, but there are plenty of things out there that can help them figure it out. Things that help them focus, relax, get crazy, be quiet, express their thoughts, opinions, and deal with the bubbling cauldron of hormone-induced emotions! I hope to use the three pillars listed above to bring these things to parents and teens alike.

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