Com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills vi­tal for par­ent­ing teens

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

‘‘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.

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