Lifetime Original Movie - "Reviving Ophelia"
As a young adult just beginning my college experience, a professor who would later become my mentor invited my class to read Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher. This was the first time that I truly understood that not only were the struggles I experienced as a teenager typical, they were truly just the tip of the iceberg. At the time, reading Reviving Ophelia was a way to connect with my peers and make sense of what I would have defined as teen angst. As the parent of a little girl, the stories contained within Reviving Ophelia suddenly take on new meaning.
Premiering Monday, October 11 at 9 p.m. et on Lifetime, Reviving Ophelia develops two of the stories from this powerful book into an eye-opening movie that every parent should watch. While the cautionary tales may be difficult to see, there are lessons to be learned within them.
Adolescence is a time when children turn away from their parents and immerse themselves in the thoughts and opinions of their peers, for better or worse. While it's the most difficult time to do so, this is when parents need to make an extra effort to stay close to their kids. It's important for family members to do what it takes to keep the lines of communication open and maintain family routines, despite the chaotic schedules that define the high school years for many teenagers. Most importantly, if parents suspect that their children are in danger from depression, abuse, or reckless behaviors, it is critical that they reach out to their kids and confront them without judgement. While these may be the most difficult times for parents to communicate with their teenagers, they are also the most important.
Thankfully my own parents remained engaged throughout my, at times, tumultuous teenage years, and the lessons I learned from my own experiences will hopefully help me as my daughter moves towards this critical time.