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I brought my daughter, Bianca, to the 2017 Teens Stress Symposium so that she would just learn how to chill! The event was more like a workshop specifically created for teens who are always pressured and stressed out. And you bet my daughter, B, she is always on edge!

She was eighteen when the 60-minute workshop was held. It was led by Mindfulness and Yoga expert Corinne Krill, MA. Her credentials speak of her assisting those with depression, stress, and anxiety in teens. When I read that, I had to register my daughter. Was she happy about it? Oh boy, was she so angry with me at that time. But when Miss Krill called her, she had no choice but to go in and join the workshop.

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I waited for her outside and was expecting a mouthful when she came out. To say a little bit, my Bianca, whom I fondly call “B,” is my only child, and she is a very serious person. Maybe because I often leave her alone to fend for herself while I do double shifts at work – this she understood since I have to fund her private school fees. Her tuition was paid for, being a scholar, but on the other fees, I had to cover it. I said yes in a heartbeat when she got accepted as a scholar, and I knew the consequences of that. My daughter is a genius, I know for a fact, and she deserves the best education that I can provide for her. This was it. The problem is that she takes everything too seriously and hence, the stress. I want her to be excellent in academics but also have a social life. My daughter deserves to be a teenager and enjoy her teenage life.

When the hour was up, she came out with a slight smile. She just told me “thank you” for bringing her to the workshop and that she liked it. My daughter was also asking me about doing it a regular thing and that she was directed to a free weekly session of Mindfulness and Meditation. I just said YES, DO IT. As long as she remains happy and healthy, physically, and mentally, I will say YES.