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.
- 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.