Reaping the rewards of investing in your parenting skills



My first Surviving Teenagers Programme is now finished and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.I was encouraged by the difference the course made to the families represented, it was lovely to hear about the improved relationships. All families reported a positive improvement in various elements of family life, e.g. “I would highly recommend, my relationship with my daughter has improved after only 3 sessions, made me realise I needed to change the way I parented.”

How many of us work hard to improve our professional knowledge, skills and experience but do those of us with children spend any time improving our parenting skills? As one parent on my last course commented:

“As I said to my husband. “You are a good squash player and you took extra coaching to improve your game further…” enough said. “Do the parenting course. It’s the most important job and we can all get better at it.”

I know from personal experience, the more I refine my parenting skills, the more I am able to practice positive parenting and focus on developing my teenager’s potential rather than simply causing myself stress and dealing with ongoing conflict and challenges.

Being a teenager and being a parent of a teenager is hard work and time consuming, surely it is better to spend time improving our parenting skills to allow us to positively develop our teenagers rather than spending our limited time on potentially managing stressful and negative relationships.

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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