You’re Not Alone: Video Questions to Consider

You’ve just watched a video that tells the story of two families who “survived” the teen years. The video does not cover all experiences or viewpoints, but shares the experiences of a few families. The video is meant to spark discussions about what you are experiencing. Because of the realism of the video, a wide range of issues, emotions, and thoughts may arise about parenting a teen with epilepsy.

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Use the questions below to help you talk about what you just watched:

  1. How did the video make you feel?
  2. Which parents did you relate to most? Why (or how)?
  3. Do you face similar challenges? Which are the most difficult for you?
  4. Do you think the solutions heard in the video would work in your family? Why or why not?
  5. Which issues/topics/moments in the video were most relevant to you? Why?
  6. Did any of the comments from parents who survived the teen years resonate? Which ones? Why?
  7. How do the teen years make epilepsy more challenging?
  8. What is your biggest fear for your teen? For your family?
  9. Has your role changed? If so, how?
  10. Where do you go for moral support?
  11. What helps you cope?
  12. How do you share your teen’s condition with other adults in his/her life? What has been their reaction?
  13. How has epilepsy affected your family relationships, specifically with your other children?
  14. How has epilepsy affected your family relationships, specifically with your spouse, partner, or other adult family member?
  15. What are some ways you’ve dealt with your teen’s need for independence? How have you balanced his or her need for independence and your need for reassurance?
  16. How do you keep the lines of communication open with your teen?

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