Thriving with Teens

Raising a teenager isn’t easy. This course will teach you how to do it well. As your child is growing through adolescence, you also are making the transition from parenting a child to sending a young adult into the world.

In this class you will learn the skills of developing a respectful and cooperative relationship with your teen. By the end of the 10 weeks, you’ll have a collection of positive, effective ways to handle problem behaviors and enjoy a new level of understanding and rapport with your teen.

Course topics:

  • The developing teenage brain
  • Your role in your teen’s life tasks of individuation and separation
  • The language of encouragement and how to use it with your teen and yourself
  • The keys to influencing your teen’s behavior
  • How to overcome communication barriers and get your message heard
  • The use of consequences, positive discipline and problem solving with your teen
  • Mental health first-aid with teens—preventing and responding to severe depression and other serious problems
  • Tools for building a more smoothly functioning, enjoyable family life

This class presents all the concepts and skills contained in both PEP I and PEP II, in a format designed for the needs of parents of adolescents. Parents who complete Thriving with Teens can then take Parenting in Perspective. Also, a PEP II class can be helpful for parents who have young teens (through age 14) and desire additional, intensive practice with positive parenting skills.

“PEP has helped me stay sane in this amazing and crazy adventure called parenthood. I learn so much from the teachers and also all the other parents in the classroom. It’s always so exciting to hear a story in class of a parent having a positive breakthrough—whether it’s from spending ‘special time’ with a child or learning a new way to talk with or perhaps listen to your teenager. All of the classes have helped me to be a better parent.”          —Kristin Faust

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