Extra support for parents of teens in York

Relate are offering short courses over 3 evenings, run by trained counsellors, looking at how to make communication better or keep it going, dealing with arguments, setting boundaries and resolving problems.

The courses are practical and fun and encourage parents to support each other.

Liz Savage, Parenting Early Intervention Manager, City of York Council, said:  “We’ve had lots of requests this year from mums and dads asking for ideas to help get their teenagers to work with them, rather than against them, and for strategies to tackle some of the trickier things that come up with this age group, such as sex, relationships, drugs, social media etc.”

The next Relate courses are on 12, 19 and 26 March. The sessions will run from 6pm – 9pm and are held at the Friends Meeting House, Friargate. To book a place please contact Kathryn Ashworth on 01302 347 445 or email kathrynashworth@relatemid-yorkshire.org.uk

The council also offers longer Strengthening Families courses (up to 13 weeks) for parents of children up to the age of 15 that include more strategies for dealing with difficult behaviour, anger management and building strong family relationships. The next course starts on Wednesday 23 April, 7pm – 9pm, at the Friends Meeting House, Friargate. Courses are free and parents receive a manual to keep.

To find out more about the support available in York please contact York Family Information Service on 01904 554444 or visit www.yor-ok.org.uk/parenting”.

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