Learn tools to help you work “with” your teenager. In this 4-session series offered by Youth Eastside Services for parents of youth 12 and older, parents will learn how to:
- Reduce conflict and support your teen’s growing independence.
- Practice mutual respect and strengthen the bond with your child.
- Communicate so both you and your child feel heard.
Week 1: Strengthen the Parent-Teen Relationship
- Build parenting skills that work with teens
- Understand how development influences parenting
- Examine the role of temperament
Week 2: Developing Emotion Management Skills
- Understand emotions and the role they play in parenting
- Cultivate an ally relationship with your teen
- Understand what motivates your teen’s behavior
Week 3: Talking So Your Teen Will Listen
- Improve family communication—what helps, what hurts
- Use family meetings and family agreements
- Address your teens’ misbehavior by examining their thinking
Week 4: Be a Happier Parent While Building Your Teens’ Life Skills
- Barriers to effective parenting
- What youth need to succeed
- Simplicity parenting
Instructor: Jennifer Watanabe is a parent coach and certified Positive Discipline parenting educator. The mother of two teenage sons, she has been teaching parenting classes at Bellevue College for 15 years.
Preregistration required. $90 for the four-class series which includes the book, Positive Discipline, by Jane Nelson. Costs are per parent or parenting couple.
For more information and to register for the series, please call 425.747.4937 or email Info@YouthEastsideServices.org
For more classes, go to: http://www.youtheastsideservices.org/classes/