Parenting Teenagers

What Can Parents of a Teenager Do?

How and when and where do you draw the line with teenagers? How do you set limits? How do you cope with all the arguing, swinging moods, annoying habits, outright rebellion…? How can parents and teens learn to live together with respect for one another? These are some of the questions dealt with in this book. There is no suggestion that there are easy answers. What suits one parent may not work for another. But you will find respect here for the fact that you and your family are different. You will also find practical ideas to apply in your own way in your family. Many parents find that these ideas help to reduce tension and arguing and prepare teenagers for responsible adult living.

The programme offers six to eight weekly sessions to reinforce the same parenting skills offered in our other programmes while dealing with the more difficult situations met in the teen years. Because it is so important to reinforce skills being learnt, it is recommended that parents of teenagers experience the Fives to Fifteens programme first (though this is not essential). The boxed kit includes audio-visual input (choose either DVD or video format), also, two leader’s guides, twenty-five certificates, and one copy of the parent's handbook, What Can The Parent Of A Teenager Do?

Handbook last reprinted: 2010  NOW OUT OF PRINT

Costs: Boxed Kit: £55 / €65  Facilitator's Guide: £9.50 / €11.00  Parent's Handbook: £8.50 / €10.00 DVD or Video: £30 / €35

Other Languages Available: Programme materials have been translated into Spanish (South American).

Who uses this programme? Over the last ten years more than 25,000 parents have followed the What Can Parents of a Teenager Do? programme. These are just some of the organisations who have made this possible.

Pilton Community College, Barnstaple (see p5 of Spring 2011 newsletter)

Sarah Capon Parenting Education, Dubai 

South Cheshire CLASP


Programme outcomes: The skills learned in this programme have been summarised by participants as including: ‘Connecting’ with your teen; Avoiding getting ‘hooked in’; Avoiding angry confrontations; Giving good attention; Looking beyond surface behaviours; Listening and letting your teen talk; Encouraging; Acknowledging efforts or improvements; Teaching basic skills and chores; Giving responsibility; Boosting self-confidence; Recognising whose problem; Giving ‘I’ messages; Managing conflict using the 6 stages; Agreeing boundaries; Applying consequences.

Feedback: It has made me more aware of things going on with my children.” “I enjoyed the smaller group discussions and suggestions on how to help ourselves in certain teenager arguments/battles.” “I realised from the course that my sons are not really a problem.  I think the course will just remind me to keep the communicating going.” “Life is a lot quieter now.”


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Please see list of available downloads below:

File Type File Name File Size Date Published
Teen Parenting 0.07MB 28/1/2012