Toolbox Teenage Years

Just when we all think we’re getting the hang of this parenting thing, our children become teenagers and we find ourselves facing a whole set of new challenges! Rapidly changing technology, the ups and downs of teenage moods and ever-present in the back of our minds... Puberty!

Over six weeks, we’ll cover all of this and more with plenty of opportunities for discussion and questions. With the collective wisdom in the room right now (including your own) we’re sure you’ll come out the other end feeling confident and ready to tackle the teenage years with your young people.

What’s covered in this course

  • The importance of love and connection
  • Different parenting styles
  • Discipline and boundaries
  • Understanding the teenage brain and risk-taking

Session 1: Understanding love and connection

Session one is about exploring what loving, warm relationships look like, and how important it is to stay connected with our teenagers.

Session 2: Understanding yourself as a parent

Session two takes a look at understanding different parenting styles, and helps us uncover which parenting style we use most. In this session we will also unpack the tools needed to shift parenting styles and take care of ourselves along the way.

Session 3: Understanding our teenagers

Session three is about helping us understand our teenagers’ intense emotions, and explores the ways we can deeply connect with our teenagers by learning to listen to their emotions.

Session 4: Understanding the world they live in

Session four is about understanding the teenage brain and risk-taking. We will look at some of the common challenges our teenagers may come across in the world they live in, and learn some parenting tools to help us to support them.

Session 5: Understanding discipline and boundaries

Session five unpacks discipline and provides some tools around having boundaries and consequences with our teenagers.

Session 6: Understanding a culture of connection

Session six looks at the importance of having routines, rituals and fun with our teenagers. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the key topics and the dreams you have for your teenager.

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Dates & Locations

Online - Parenting Place - Daytime

Start Date:
26 Oct 2022
End Date:
30 Nov 2022
12:15 PM - 14:15 PM
Online via Zoom

Online - Parenting Place - Evening

Start Date:
27 Oct 2022
End Date:
01 Dec 2022
19:00 PM - 21:00 PM
Online via Zoom

Lifewise - In Person

Start Date:
02 Nov 2022
End Date:
07 Dec 2022
19:00 PM - 21:00 PM
Lifewise Family Services, 3055 Great North Road, 3rd Floor
New Lynn, Auckland

Cost & Payment

Toolbox costs $75 per person or register as a couple and pay $110 for two.
Online Toolbox courses cost an extra $10 to cover the postage of manuals.
If paying for Toolbox is going to be a barrier for you to attend, please get in touch.


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