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Parenting Teenagers 16th & 17th Nov 2017
Thu, 16 Nov 2017, 09:30 – Fri, 17 Nov 2017, 16:30 GMT
These two days will be a mixture of teaching, fun, interactive exercises, and discussion to help you to become more effective in the most challenging task - raising and living with teenagers. This will be a creative and safe space within which you will have the chance to share your own experiences. You will get clear, accessible handouts and a useful 'tools, tips and strategies' guide to take away.
Morning: Repeating, Rebelling or Repairing? How your own experience of being a child is influencing your parenting style now. Working through what to keep and what to give up from your own past and how that will help your parenting.
Afternoon: Understanding Teenager Behaviour. Neuroscience and the changing teenage brain. Get insight into the 'good' teenager who doesn't feel good inside. Distinguish between healthy and worrying expressions of feelings, especially anger.
Morning: Setting and Maintaining Limits and Boundaries. Avoiding over-indulgence, the scourge of modern parenting. The pull on parents to give too much, be overprotective, be scared of letting teens take risks. Gain confidence in saying 'no' and sticking to it. Find out what are age appropriate rules/limits.
Afternoon: Separating and Letting Go. Why that's hard for them and hard for us. How to encourage autonomy and independence. What they need from us to grow up.
Ideal course for: Parents, carers, teachers, grandparents, therapists who work with teenagers.
Course Tutor: Karen Blumenfeld is a provisional teaching and supervising transactional analyst in the field of psychotherapy. She has a therapy centre in Cheshire plus a busy private practice. Karen was a TV producer for many years making social documentaries before retraining as a psychotherapist. She has delivered parenting workshops to schools and parents since 2008 and also has 3 grown up sons.