Do we always spend our time and money on the right things?

Skydiving!As parents we spend years of our lives ferrying children from A to B, making sure they have the opportunities to develop a whole range of skills from football to ballet, from French to rock climbing. All this takes time, effort & cash.

We happily invest our time in our children’s activities in the hope it will help them develop new skills and fulfil their potential. However, as parents, our parenting skills probably have the greatest impact on our children, so how much time and money do we spend on developing these skills?

Over the years I have attended parenting sessions, read books and spent time thinking about how I parent my children. I have always worked full-time so several years ago decided to focus on making my family life as straightforward as possible, hence the need to focus on improving my parenting skills.

Parenting is hard work, however with time to reflect, new tools & techniques it doesn’t need to be quite as difficult as some parents make it.

This is the focus for the Surviving Teenagers Programme – it is about learning new ways of solving problems and dealing with the usual teenage challenges. I’m excited about the Programme, it will be fun and relaxing and a great opportunity to network with other parents going through similar challenges!

About Ruth James

I am a mum with 3 daughters who runs workshops for parents of teenagers. In 2019 I launched the Taunton Parenting Cafe and will be developing new and innovative workshops to support and encourage parents of children from 9yrs+
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