What I learned from parenting workshops #2

Last week I started this new parenting mini-series as a way to document my own learning journey on how to better parent my teenage son. Today, I continue on from there to talk about the myriad of changes that are happening irreversibly, and often imperceptibly, in him! And boy are there many changes indeed when … Continue reading What I learned from parenting workshops #2

What I learned from parenting workshops #1 — Stages of psychosocial development

One of the things I often hear the older generation tell me is that parenting courses or workshops were non-existent during their time. Instead they just ‘learn on the job’. “See, we got through without attending a single parenting course. Yet you young whippersnappers turned out okay no? So why bother attending any?” Actually, I … Continue reading What I learned from parenting workshops #1 — Stages of psychosocial development

What I learned from parenting workshops #5 — “family meetings” aren’t “family time”!

In my last post on this series, I touched on how setting boundaries was necessary with teens. So what’s one opportunity I thought would help do so? Why, a regular dedicated meeting aka family time of course! I still remember late last year when my wife mooted the idea to have an “assembly” every week. … Continue reading What I learned from parenting workshops #5 — “family meetings” aren’t “family time”!

What I learned from parenting workshops #3 — Adaptive mechanism 1: Respect & consideration

Three weeks ago I started a parenting mini-series. To share insights gleaned from workshops I attended this year on how to parent teens. I then followed it up with another entry a week later. That one discussed the emotional, biological, social and relationship changes teens undergo. I ended the piece by mentioning mechanisms that parents like me might incorporate … Continue reading What I learned from parenting workshops #3 — Adaptive mechanism 1: Respect & consideration

What I learned from parenting workshops #4 — Adaptive Mechanism 2 — Setting boundaries

Okay what?! Setting boundaries as a parenting strategy with a teen? I must be joking right? Alright my apologies. Who fires off three questions in rapid salvo to kick off a parenting mini-series that’s looking less ‘mini’ by the week? (Oops not another question!) The truth is as I pen this series, I have to … Continue reading What I learned from parenting workshops #4 — Adaptive Mechanism 2 — Setting boundaries