Teeny bit of help for par­ents

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

Man­ning. Picture: An­drew Ritchie CLIN­I­CAL psy­chol­o­gist Maya Man­ning aims to help par­ents re­late to and un­der­stand their teenagers with a se­ries of work­shops at UWA.

She said get­ting to the root of the di­vide be­tween the gen­er­a­tions was un­der­stand­ing what emo­tions are and their pur­pose.

“We think with our 30, 40 or 50-some­thing brains, but teenagers have a unique way of look­ing at the world,” she said.

“The two halves of our brains don’t con­nect un­til we are 25 years old, so teens can come across as a chal­lenge and we need to guide them.

“Emo­tions lead to be­hav­iour, and be­cause teens are still learn­ing to man­age their emo- tions, they can be vul­ner­a­ble to mak­ing un­de­sir­able be­hav­iour choices.

“I am hop­ing to be able to help par­ents smooth the path a lit­tle bit with some strate­gies.”

Work­shops on emo­tions will be on July 30 and Au­gust 13 and 27. Work­shops on anx­i­ety will be on Oc­to­ber 8, 15 and 22.

Clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist Maya

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