Communication skills vital for parenting teens
‘‘Adolescence is a period of rapid changes. Between the ages of 12 and 17, for example, a parent ages as much as 20 years.’’ – Anonymous.
Parenting teenagers can be the most challenging years in the life of a parent.
The child you have loved and nurtured for the past 12 years now begins to change into someone who is trying to make their own decisions and wants to be in charge of their life – yet still lives in the house of their parents.
Parents want to keep their teenagers safe, guide them towards independence, and have rules of the family home followed by their son or daughter.
It is a time fraught with conflict, yet also a time of opportunities to begin building the relationship you want to have with your son or daughter when they become an adult.
The biggest question most parents raising teenagers have is ‘how do I nurture them and give them guidance when they seem to argue and defy me so often?’
Communicating effectively with teens can be learned and Matamata Intermediate is running a Peaceful Family Communication Skills course that will help parents learn ways to communicate so their teenager keeps listening to them.
This nine-hour course will be held at Matamata Intermediate on Friday, May 24, from 6–9 pm and Saturday, May 25, 9.30am–4pm.
A gold coin donation is requested for supper and morning tea. Bring your own lunch. Facilitators Mike and Andrea O’Hagan successfully raised their own two teenagers and taught many other parents the skills of communicating in ways that ensure the parents survive – and enjoy – the teenage years.
To register a place please phone Andrea and Mike O’Hagan on 07 307 9085 or 027 711 2072 or email andrea. ohagan@ peace foundation.org.nz.