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Help at Hand for Parents of East Renfrewshire Teens

February 15, 2008 11:53 AM

Parents in East Renfrewshire are being invited to find out how they can make life easier for themselves and their sons and daughters. The East Renfrewshire Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP) is about to start its latest Managing Teenage Behaviour course in Eastwood, designed to show parents new techniques for coping with the often difficult teenage years.

Due to begin on Tuesday February 26th, the “Managing Teenage Behaviour” course is aimed at parents whose children are in Primary 7 in local primary schools or S1 and S2 at local secondaries. It is designed to help and advise parents and carers who are looking for ways in which to deal with difficult situations that can arise between them and their children. The course aims to offer mums and dads (and other carers) a better understanding of the changes that take place during adolescence and the period leading up to it.

Project Co-ordinator Marie Hedges says the courses are a great idea: “We all know that the teenage years – and sometimes younger children can act like teenagers – can be a difficult time for everyone in the family and these courses are all about trying to make it easier for everyone.

“The courses are very informal and relaxed. Parents and carers are encouraged to support each other and to learn from each other’s experiences. When you see that other parents often face the same problems you do and learn how they’ve handled them, it makes you much more confident in dealing with your children.

“These years are a very important time for youngsters in Primary Seven and in first and second year and we want to help mums and dads help each other. We’ve been running the courses in East Renfrewshire for three years now and so far feedback we’ve had from our previous courses has been very positive.”

Some of the issues that will be covered are:

· Encouraging positive behaviour.
· Dealing with difficult behaviour
· Stages of teenage development

By the end of the course it is hoped that parents and carers will be able to use the techniques learned during the course to enable them to maintain a more positive relationship with their kids.

The course will run for 6 weeks, with each weekly session lasting approximately two hours. Attendance is free. The course begins on Tuesday February 26th and runs from 6.30- 8.30pm.

To find out more about the course or to book a place please contact Tracy Dillon on 0141 577 2200 or Heather Molloy on 577 8361.

For more information please call 0141 201 4429.


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