A brand new course is set to begin in Letterkenny to help parents of teenagers to better understand and communicate with their children.
The eight-week programme starts on Wednesday 19th September in the Letterkenny Pastoral Centre with speakers advising parents on the tools they need to not just communicate with their teenagers but to have a much deeper and meaningful relationship with them.
Parents are struggling like never before. As soon as a child gets hold of a smart phone, laptop or tablet they enter a whole other world, a world that parents very often cannot penetrate.
It is widely acknowledged that children and teenagers are under far more pressure than any generation before them. They are being bombarded with information and peer pressures from modern technology and social media in ways that have never been experienced before.
Parents are often at a loss how to communicate, guide, understand or even relate to the young adult who has suddenly seemed to grow up and grow away from them so fast.
In addition to this, parents are the ultimate multitaskers, fulfilling many roles which include spouse, parent, home maker, wage earner, nurse, guide, listener, consolers, entertainers, and so much more. This results in the parent often feeling worn out, stressed out and with no time to take care of themselves.
If you would like to have less stress in your life and a better relationship with your teenagers or children in general, this course is for you.
Where: Pastoral Centre, Letterkenny
When: Every Wednesday evening commencing on 19th September
Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Length of course : 8 Weeks
Speakers will include Margaret O Donnell Chartered Psychologist , Donegal Youth Services, White Oaks rehabilitation Centre, NEPS National Education Psychological Services, Suicide Awareness representative and John Waters, journalist and author.
Topics including ‘Defining the parent role’, ‘Your teenager and the internet,’ ‘Dealing with addictions, dealing with the unthinkable, suicide’, ‘Sexuality, digital age and access to pornography’, ‘Building resilience with teenagers’, ‘Filling the gap, a world without God’ and ‘Who takes care of the parent’?
There will be plenty of discussion, question and answers and hopefully a whole bunch of parents who feel much more empowered in dealing with their children and teenagers at the end of it.
The course is being run under the auspices of the Shekinah training programme.
The cost of the course is €80 for the eight week programme and booking can be made by calling Deirdre Grant today on 087 6893519.