Understanding Your Teenagers
This session asks lots of questions! Parents are asked to remember their own teenage years and then compare the pressures and stresses the teenagers of today face.
We examine the transition that young people are experiencing as they move from childhood to independence and adult life. We are reminded of the patience, love and understanding these youngsters need and we look for ways of strengthening the relationship rather than putting it at risk.
Again, we look at case studies and examine the possible long term consequences of our actions and we discuss what is important and what can be ignored, e.g. the untidy bedroom or staying out late.
This workshop also spends time looking at body language and how we can give and receive messages without having to repeat ourselves too often.
Ideally, parents and carers should try to attend both sessions as one follows naturally from the other. It is also an opportunity to meet other parents and share experiences. The discussions with other parents are often the most beneficial part of the workshops. It is also advisable not to bring children to the session because it is not a good idea to talk about them in front of them.