Parenting Teens

Parenting Teens

Your teenager is beginning to develop their own ideas, self-image, and opinions. You are probably starting to notice that these don’t always align with your own views, and that’s OK! Learning to become independent is a normal part of adolescence… it is actually the whole point. You went through your own transition into adulthood—which likely included some rebellion or questioning—and your children must do the same.

That doesn’t make your job as a caregiver any easier. Teenagers often experience intense pressure and face many difficult choices. Puberty is beginning at an earlier age than ever before. That is when the way they experience the world and their own emotions change significantly.

Through the Parenting Teens workshop, you will learn some practical ways to help guide your children through this challenging period by teaching them how to understand and control their feelings and actions. We want you to appreciate this time in your child’s life while taking care of yourself.

Who can attend?

  • Any caregiver who is parenting a child age 12 or over
  • Caregivers interested in establishing positive parenting practices or addressing challenges in teenagers

What will you learn?

You will build skills for parenting teenagers by understanding:

  • How teenagers develop independence and self-awareness
  • Your parenting style and how it affects your child
  • How to better communicate with teenagers
  • Different styles of decision-making
  • How to effectively resolve conflict
  • Boundaries and privileges
  • Ways to increase their self-esteem
  • Anger in yourself and your teenager
  • How to care for yourself during this period

By the end of the session, you will feel more comfortable:

  • Creating effective parenting strategies and giving positive feedback
  • Addressing misbehaviour or other issues
  • Setting boundaries, limits, and guidelines
  • Communicating with your child or children
  • Providing a nurturing home environment
  • Minimizing the negative effects of divorce or separation (if applicable), and
  • Solving day-to-day problems and challenges

When and where is the class offered?

  • The class is available as a group workshop or a private class.
  • The group class is offered several times per year. Scroll down for upcoming dates.
  • You can attend this class online or in person at our office at 9912-106 Street, Edmonton.
  • In our group workshops, you will have many opportunities to ask questions, learn about yourself and your family, hear others’ experiences, and practise new skills. Many people who attend our workshops say they feel better after attending because they realize that they are not alone.
  • In a private class, you will receive the same amount of information as our group workshops, condensed into 3 hours with the facilitator. These are ideal for individuals or couples who want to get started sooner than the next group workshop, can’t attend the group workshops due to work schedules or other personal commitments, or simply prefer a more private setting.

How much does it cost?

Group workshop: $150 per person. Are you attending the class with someone, such as a family member, partner, co-parent, or a friend? Additional participants pay only 50%.

Private session: $325

We are dedicated to supporting families of all income levels. If needed, you can apply for a subsidy by selecting “I require subsidy” in the registration form.

Subsidies are available for group workshops only.

Register for In-Person Workshops

11 May

The Family Centre acknowledges that we are on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional meeting ground, gathering place, and traveling route for the Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, Dene, and Nakota Sioux. We acknowledge all the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries.

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