Active Parenting of Teens
Along the journey from youth to adult, teens regularly confront complex challenges that hold the potential to threaten both their mental and physical well being. At the same time, parents struggle with their changing role and how best to provide support, supervision, and information to ensure the health and safety of their teenage children.
A $45 fee is requested from participants to cover the cost of materials (waived in the event of financial need).
For information or to learn more about this program, email Jon Mattleman at (781) 455-7500, ext. 265.
In groups of approximately 20, over the course of 12 hours, parents receive training and support to achieve a more fulfilling relationship with their teenager as well as creating a more harmonious atmosphere at home.
Session # 1 - Active Parent
This session includes discussion of styles of parenting; why rewards/punishments often backfire; control vs. influence; offering choices; and the problems of alcohol, violence, sexuality, and drugs.
Session # 2 - Courage and Self-Esteem
This session includes discussion of courage; self esteem; turning discouragement into encouragement; the think-feel-do cycle; and why teens get involved with alcohol, violence, sexuality, and drugs.
Session # 3 - Teen Behavior and Problem-Solving
This session includes discussion of the Five Goals of Teen Behavior; redirecting teens behavior; problem-prevention discussions; who owns the problem; and alcohol, violence, sexuality, and drugs, and the Five Goals of Teen Behavior.
Session # 4 - Responsibility and Discipline
This session includes discussion of responsibility; discipline; mutual respect; basic and advanced discipline models; the problem-handling model; parenting and anger; and the stages of violence, sexuality, and drugs.
Session # 5 - Cooperation and Communication
This session includes discussion of cooperation; communication; mixed messages; avoiding communication blocks; active communication; and talking about values as they relate to alcohol, violence, sexuality, and drugs.
Session # 6 -The Problem Solving family in Action
This session includes discussion of problems as opportunities; family talks; family council meetings; and more prevention strategies regarding alcohol, violence, sexuality, and drugs.
Special thanks to the Tolman Trust Fund for their support of this program.