Oct 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec 7
Parents have the greatest influence on teens making healthy choices as they move toward adulthood. Yet being a parent of a teen can be an extremely trying time. Children are developing their skills of independence, critical thinking, and challenging authority. There is frequently conflict and disharmony as expectations are questioned and boundaries tested. Parents often feel isolated, confused, and fearful when they encounter changes in their children - unsure what is normal adolescent development or something more serious.
While there are many options for parents to connect during elementary and early middle school years, these seem to tail off as children hit adolescence - a time when they are at higher risk for substance abuse, emotional/behavioral issues, and suicide.
VARSA’s Parents of Teens group offers families additional support and information about best practices, ways to expand parenting skills, and an opportunity to connect with other families.
About the Facilitators:
VARSA’s Parents of Teens Support Group is facilitated by Woody Pollock and Tanya Flanagin, who are both parents and practicing mental health counselors with extensive experience in parent education, working with teens, and group facilitation.