The Middle Years (6 -12)
Nothing gives parents more pleasure than seeing their children grow and mature in the family. The middle years are vital. They are your window of opportunity to stay connected, teach skills and build memories.
It is now that children learn about right and wrong, and most important of all, it is during these years that they are still interested in what you, as a parent, think!
The six sessions of this course will provide you with the skills and strategies needed to be the parent you have always hoped to be. You will be given insight into the particular challenges and unique opportunities that the middle years bring. And you will gain tools for confidently handling the challenges that arise along the way.
What’s covered in the six sessions?
- What is a parent? Are there different species of parent?
- What are appropriate boundaries for this age-group?
- How to parent proactively.
- How can I build my children’s self-esteem?
- How do I get the maximum value out of a “teachable moment’?
- How do I develop confidence and competence in my children?
- Why is emotional intelligence (EQ) important?
- How do I pass on values to my children?
- How do I help my children interpret the world around them?
- How can I organise the chaos?
- What is the best way of positively disciplining my children?
- What are some age-appropriate consequences?
- How can I create a Museum of Memories?
- Why are family traditions and rituals important?
- How can we have fun as a family?
- Are the ‘Tween-Age’ years something to fear?
- How do I cope with the accelerating changes taking place?
- How can I best prepare my children for those teenage years?
“Tweens and Teens” – Ages 12- 18
The teenage years can be like riding a roller coaster; Toolbox Courses aim to take out a few of the nastier twists and turns on the track, and also to help you to hold on and enjoy the ride. The Tweens and Teens Toolbox is completely realistic – it addresses the serious dangers and problems that teenagers can encounter and gives practical coaching strategies to handle them. But it is also encouraging in that the course never loses sight of the fact that there is so much to enjoy as your children go through this stage.Toolbox is ideal for parents whose children have not yet reached puberty, or are in the early ‘tween’ stage of adolescence: you won’t be caught unprepared and if your children are already in the midst of the teenage years, there is so much in every session you will be able to use straight away. Whether you are up to your eyeballs in problems or have had a cruisey ride (so far!), Toolbox will give you tools, insights and a great sense of hope for your teens.
What’s covered in the six sessions?
- What are the changes that tweens & teens go through? How can I positively respond to these changes?
- How can I create a welcoming, positive and safe atmosphere in the home?
- Should I expect my teenager to do household chores? How?
- What parenting style works best with teenagers?
- How much choice and responsibility should be given to tweens & teens at different ages?
- Are firm parental limits and boundaries necessary for teenagers?
- What are some age-appropriate consequences for teenagers?
- Do teenagers ever talk with their parents?
- How do I improve the communication within the home?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses in my teenager’s personality?
- What strategies do I use around cell phones and technology?
- How do I encourage self-discipline within my teenager?
- Should I just let the consequences do the teaching?
- How can I engage cooperation in my tween/teen?
- How can I build values and character in my tween/teen?
- Should I be worried about the culture in which my teenagers live?
- Where does our self-esteem come from?
- How do I help to build my tween/teen’s self-esteem and resilience?
- How do I help my teen to stay mentally healthy?
- What about sex and dating?
- How can we teach our kids about the value of money?
- What is my teen’s ‘love language’?
- How can I inspire my teenager to be all that they can be?