While the material from T. W. Phelan author of 1-2-3 Magic helps parents/carers to refine the three jobs of parenting: Managing Stop Behaviour; Encouraging Start Behaviour; Strengthening Relationships - Surviving Your Adolescents takes 1-2-3 to the power of 4.
Just when you think you have it right, a strange new person enters your house over-night….they are called "Teens" and they come with a meridian of new concerns for a parent to face. Their attitude changes; they be-come opinionated; they have trouble getting along with anyone other than their friends; and they
think they know it all - they are wearing you down!
The two major concerns that come from parenting a teen are Behavioural and
The SYA workshop deals with the relationship side first because it affects
In the workshop you will learn to identify and understand:
*The Snub: why it leads to family aggravation and risk-taking;
*Attitude Adjustment: the way you think and feel about your teens;
*What is normal;
*The 4 Big Risks: Technology; Driving, Drugs/Alcohol; Romance/Sex
*Managing and letting go;
*Your 4 roles as a parent: Observer, Advisor, Negotiator, Director.
*Ignoring the minor but aggravating behaviours and proper use of the
*Avoiding 4 Big Blunders: Spur of the moment discussion, Nagging, Lectures, Arguing.
*The importance of having an open and friendly relationship with your teens;
*How to maintain reasonable monitoring to ensure your teen’s and that of
*Why it is important to take care of yourself.