Interested in learning more about teens and parenting choices? There will be one Parenting Class series will occur during the 2022-23 school year.
Description of Parenting Classes
It will be held on seven Wednesdays from September 28 - November 9, 2022 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM in the Monta Vista Library.
The classes are based on the STEP program. STEP stands for Systematic Training for Effective Parenting. This program is specifically geared for teens. It has been around awhile and has proven helpful to many. For example, it asks if you might have a "giving orders", "giving in" or "giving choices" parenting style and what the effects on you and your child these styles might have. Which style do you find promotes the kind of adult you want your child to be? Topics include: Understanding your teen, emotions (yours and theirs), encouragement, identifying whose problem is it--yours or your teen's, communication (listening, expressing your feelings and exploring with your teen alternative ways of thinking and behaving), and discipline (developing responsibility). You are more than welcome to attend more than one series of classes. Because the program involves changing yourself, it helps to hear the ideas again and practice more. Also, your experience can be helpful to others. Participants need to come to all, or close to all, of the classes. There will be homework. There will be teens in attendance as well. Confidentiality is held.
Course Book: STEP: Parenting Teenagers, copyright 1998, by Dinkmeyer and McKay. STEP Publishers. This book is required. Please purchase it and read the first chapter prior to the first class. About a week before the first class, copies will be made available through me at $15. I will send information on how to pick up a book at MVHS to those who register.
Description of Ya-Huei's Parenting Classes
It will be held online over five Thursdays, starting October 6 to November 3 2022, from 7pm to 8:30pm. This 5-week Mandarin parenting class, focusing on supporting parents and strengthening the parent-teen relationship. The topics include understanding different parenting styles, learning listening skills and efficient communication, and setting boundaries. We will also explore cultural differences and the generation gap, which you might encounter during parenting. Through group discussion and interactive practice, we will learn together and support each other to make parenting an exciting and enjoyable experience!