Parents of Inverclyde teenagers are being invited to find out how they can make life easier for themselves and their sons and daughters. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Health Promotion team is running a series of courses in and around Greenock, designed to show parents new techniques for coping with the often difficult teenage years.
Due to begin after the Easter holidays, the “Handling Teenage Behaviour” course 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. It 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.
Liz Coyle, an NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Promotion Officer based at Greenock Health Centre, 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 teenage children.
“The feedback we’ve had from our previous courses has been very positive. One mum said she was asked why she came, and if she couldn’t control her own kids, but her answer was simply that she wanted to do what was best for them. This mother has now completed the course and gone on to train as a trainer in her own right, so that she can help other parents.”
Some of the issues that will be covered are:
- Stages of teenage development
- Dealing with difficult behaviour
- Encouraging positive behaviour.
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 courses will run for 8 weeks, with each weekly session lasting approximately two hours. Dates, times and venues are as follows:
- Tuesday afternoons at Boglestone community centre from 1pm-3pm, starting 24th April
- Thursday evenings at Greenock Health Centre from 6.45-8.45pm, starting 3rd May
- Tuesday afternoons at Branchton community centre from 1pm –3pm, starting 8th May.
To find out more about the course or to book a place please contact Liz Coyle or Hazel Gallacher on 01475 724477, extension 61189.