Having attended the talk ‘Parenting Teens’ given by Suzie Hayman at St John’s, Marlborough and organised by Wendy Bramham Therapy, I cannot recommend it more highly to parents/carers of teenagers and those soon to be parents/carers of teenagers.
Suzie Hayman presented the talk in an engaging and relaxed manner, explaining some of the ‘science’ behind teenagers, helping perplexed parents to understand what may be going on in the teenage brain, how their teenager may view the world and looking at how teenagers deal with change in their lives. Suzie gave lots of practical advice and suggestions as how parents/carers can help their children (and their families) through this often turbulent period in their lives and the discussion session that followed the talk covered wide ranging topics including parenting in step-families, pornography, alcohol, technology, laying down house rules, dealing with conflicting house rules, and risky behaviour.
The talk was clear and easy to follow, supported by a power point presentation. Suzie was very generous with both her time and resources, offering to provide all those who attended with copies of the presentation, free leaflets and answering questions fully not only during the formal session but also afterwards. I will be keeping the presentation notes close at hand to refer to when faced with teenage challenges in the future!
Suzie has written various books on parenting and some of the titles were available for sale on the morning – I bought one and fully expect to buy more. One of her most recent books is on the minefield of digital technology, a subject which worries me and many other parents of technology-savy teenagers
St John’s was, as always, a pleasant choice of venue. The session took place in the Enterprise Suite, rather than the main theatre, and its more intimate size encouraged the open and wide-ranging discussion that followed on some sensitive issues.
Wendy added both a professional and personal touch to the morning from her perspective as a mother of teenage children and as a psychotherapist of over 20 years experience. We were also joined by four, real live teenagers who generously gave up their Saturday mornings to offer some insight into their teenage world! They participated in the discussion that followed Suzie’s talk and it was interesting to hear from them what they would like from us. The message was loud and clear – space, support and no shouting. There’s food for thought.
Thank you to Wendy for organising this highly relevant and useful talk – I would be very interested in attending similar talks in the future. It was excellent value for money and if there is one thing that will remain with me from the morning it is that young children are loving, biddable puppies but teenagers are fiercely independent cats!
By: Sarah Giles (Parent), 27 October 2016