Exciting new workshops for parents of teenagers in 2019

Family life can be tough, particularly when you have teenagers. No two days are ever the same, one day life can be amazing and then the next it isn’t, you can feel overwhelmed, unable to cope and have no idea what to do…

New for 2019

I am so excited that in 2019 I will be launching a new series of workshops focusing on “Building Resilient Families”.

Having had 3 teenagers, I am already including topics like managing behaviour, building your teenager’s self-esteem, managing screen time, dealing with rudeness, how do to talk so teenagers listen etc.

But, I want to make sure that my workshops answer your questions and deal with the issues you are facing, so, please let me know what your biggest parenting challenge is by emailing me at parentingcafe@outlook.com

So what is my new approach to parenting?

Families, whatever their shape, influence everything we do. Ask any parent what they want for their children, and no surprise, they want their children to be “happy” – but what is “happy”? Having positive family relationships is an important part of “happy” but, as we all know, that is easier said than done with teenagers.

Since I set up Surviving Teenagers in 2012, trying to understand what is behind teenager behaviour has absolutely fascinated me, I must have now read over 60 books as well as spoken to well over 500 parents! Using this research I have put together a new, innovative approached parenting which aims to transform family relationships.

I couldn’t do this if I didn’t practice what I preach, so I have been developing my approach to parenting over the last 10 years with my children (the oldest of which is now 23!)

As my daughters will tell you, I am far from perfect but my research and learning over the last few years has made a significant difference to how I parent and I can genuinely say that we do have positive family relationships and we all enjoy spending time together.

All my children are very different so using a different approach for each one has been key and I have been able to develop a personalised approach based on a better understanding of who they are and who I am as a parent and why I parent way I do using a model I have developed.

Family life is hectic so keeping things simple and practical is my mantra, so my workshops focus on how I can better support parents cope in your busy day-to-day lives.

My new approach is different to anything I’ve come across, it focuses on understanding ourselves, our children and the 3R’s of family life, relationship, relationship, relationship.

It is often the simple things which make the biggest difference in relationships. All too often it is our emotions and assumptions that get in the way of building positive family relationships and we don’t or can’t see the wood for the trees i.e. we focus on struggling with day-to-day relationship challenges rather than standing back and changing how we approach our children.

Helping parents to understand how you could start opening the door to new ways of building more positive family relationships is my reason for doing this, helping and encouraging families to bring new perspectives and understanding of each other will hopefully allow you to transform your day-to-days.

If you would like to know more, please email me at parentingcafe@outlook.com

Ruth James

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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