Parenting Help & Parenting Class
Often parents find their confidence shaken when children make the transition to adolescence. The physical, emotional, and social changes that occur at this stage are commonly expressed through unpredictable and uncharacteristic behavior. This can be confusing and even alarming to parents, who are challenged to respond rather than react. Their role is to behave in a way that balances support for their children’s growing ability to be independent with limits and expectations that provide adequate emotional security and physical safety.
This parenting class is designed to give participants the knowledge and tools they need to respond confidently and effectively to their adolescent’s changing needs. It includes information aimed at helping parents understand the physical, emotional, and social challenges facing their kids (e.g., body and brain development, emotional roller coaster, peer and family relationships, risk-taking behaviors). In addition, the course focuses on the parental challenges of learning to respond vs. react, to know one’s emotional triggers, find equilibrium, and make difficult choices.
My colleague, Dr. Anne Tomin, Psy.D., and I offer this 6-week class periodically. Please call either Dr. Tomin (707) 548-1624, or me, Dr. Stadtner, at (707) 227-6511, for details. Both Dr. Tomin and I are licensed psychologists and therapists experienced in counseling and educating adolescents and parents.