Teeny bit of help for parents
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