Parenting Teenagers: Years:13 -18 Years

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Teenage years Workshop Outline

If you are a parent of a teenager, have a child entering this often tumultuous stage, or are simply interested in why teenagers behave the way they do, then this workshop is for you. Gain an insight into the workings of a teenager’s mind and develop strategies to encourage positive interactions. Learn the importance of balancing the need to let go and the increasing influence of peers whilst at the same time setting boundaries and maintaining the family bond.

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Teenage years

The workshop will cover the following areas:

Emotional development – Through learning about how a teenager develops psychologically, participants can gain an insight into how to manage their expectations effectively especially around issues such as independence versus boundaries and peer influence versus parental involvement.

Communicating with your teenager – How you talk and listen to your teenager will affect the way they behave, how you interact as a family, how conflict is dealt with, sibling rivalry, peer influence, school work and much more. Giving and receiving feedback is a practical process that can be learnt to make communication so much easier at this often difficult stage.

Managing family stress – Explore subconscious processes such as perceptions, beliefs, expectations, habits, values, feelings and self-talk. Look at how these interact with a teenager’s developing sense of self, peer influence and core family values.

Participants will receive a workbook with the content of the workshop as well as tip sheets on topics, such as aggression, back-chatting, friends, gender rules, listening, lying, motivation, personality, TV/screen time, and much more.

In addition, good books for teenagers will be recommended, providing useful tools to help teenagers manage the myriad of social/emotional issues at their level. A list of helpful telephone numbers and websites for parents and carers will also be included and cover areas, such as safe use of the internet, schoolies and depression.