6-Week Parenting Teens Classes

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A Note From the LA Teen Therapist & Life Coach

“Raising a teenager can be extremely rewarding, exciting, and at the same time, very challenging.” – Sandra

During the often‐trying teen years, it is not uncommon for parents to feel they are failing in their child‐rearing responsibilities. But with the right approach, you can build healthier relationships with your teen and guide them on the path to becoming valued contributors to the community.

My parenting classes are private, and individually tailored to meet each family’s needs. I teach about creating healthy attachment styles, as well as have you reflect upon how the way in which you were parented. Together, we create a timeline representing their child’s journey, and look at how their past experiences may have impacted their development, and current behavior.

We typically meet for six sessions, during which I will give you reading assignments to complete before each session. In each session we examine specific challenges the you are facing with your teen, and I will coach on how to better understand and approach these challenges.

Learn how to strengthen your relationship with your teen while increasing cooperation, harmony, and happiness within the family.

Topics include:

  • Understanding Yourself and Your Teenager
  • Improving Your Response to Your Teen
  • How to Communicate Respect and Understanding
  • Encouraging Cooperation and Problem‐Solving
  • Using Consequences to Build Responsibility

By the end of this intensive 6‐week course, you will be able to help your teenager become more responsible, communicative and independent.

**Recommended for parents with children between the ages of 11 and 19.

I propose a style of interaction with your teen that honors the authority of the parent while accommodating the teen’s need for personal autonomy. Families facing serious problems will be empowered by proven parenting strategies that can truly make a difference in their lives!

Worried About Your Teen? FREE Initial Consultation.

ADOLESCENT THERAPIST | PARENT COACH | TEEN MENTOR

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Providing service for: Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Beverly Glen, Culver City, Brentwood, Westwood, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Topanga Beach and Topanga Canyon, Ocean Park, Hancock Park, West Hollywood.

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Inspire Your Teen To Cooperate

A Note From the LA Teen Therapist & Life Coach

Have you noticed how the parent-child connection is often at the heart of your teen’s willingness to cooperate with you? – Sandra

Too frequently, I see parents using rewards and punishment to influence their teen’s behavior, often resulting in power struggles and resentment – on both parts. It is also not uncommon for parents to repeat the parenting responses they saw modeled by their own parents.

In my Effective Parenting of Teens Class, I teach parents about secure and insecure attachment styles, and how to apply this knowledge in their relationship with their teen. Each week, we work on very practical applications of this knowledge with examples from their day-to-day life.

I help parents slow down, and become curious about what their teen’s behavior may say about what they are needing in that moment. Although is is appropriate to set boundaries and have expectations for a teen’s behavior, it is also important to utilize your relationship with them to teach alternative ways of responding to their challenges.

Parents need an environment where they feel understood and not judged. In discussing sensitive family topics, I demonstrate to parents what responsiveness and sensitivity to their teen looks like through kind and respectful interactions with them.

 

Worried About Your Teen? FREE Initial Consultation.

For more information, please visit my website:

SandraDupont.com

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Adolescent Therapist|Parent Coach|Teen Mentor

Providing service for: Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Beverly Glen, Culver City, Brentwood, Westwood, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Topanga Beach and Topanga Canyon, Ocean Park, Hancock Park, West Hollywood.

Best Parenting Teens Videos

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A Note From The LA Teen Therapist

In my work with teens and their parents my job is to be an advocate for my teen clients, and help build a bridge between parents and their children. – Sandra

In my Respectful Parenting of Teens Class, I coach parents on effective parenting techniques and help them reflect on how their parent’s style of parenting may still be influencing them today. Over the years I have collected a number of wonderful videos to help demonstrate conscious and respectful styles of parenting, as well as explain the reasoning behind those styles.

Raising a teenager is not easy. Teens can be willful, demanding, and take unnecessary risks as they test themselves and the world around them. A parent’s job is to guide their child and help them learn from their mistakes, while managing their own anxiety and frustration. It is helpful to be able to create the space for your teen to feel truly seen and heard by you. It is also helpful to involve them in a collaborative problem solving process when challenges arise.

The bottom line is that it is important for parents to understand that their interactions with their child literally affect their child’s brain development, self-image, and ability to make connections with others. Therefore, it is essential that parents respond to their teenager with curiosity, openness, and an intention towards conflict resolution. At the same time, parents need to be able to set clear and firm limits that are age appropriate, as well as role-model the appropriate expression of their emotions.

I hope you can make time to watch each of these videos … If you feel you could use some support in making your home a happier place, please don’t hesitate to call.

1. Conscious vs. Reactive Parenting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vb1SZe-bNs&feature=youtu.be

2. How Shame affects Your Child
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEBjNv5M784

3. The Importance of Respectful Parenting
https://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=QM_PQ2WUD2k

Worried About Your Teen? FREE Parent Consultation

For more information, please visit my website:

SandraDupont.com

verified by Psychology Today

Adolescent Therapist|Parent Coach|Teen Mentor

Providing service for: Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Beverly Glen, Culver City, Brentwood, Westwood, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Topanga Beach and Topanga Canyon, Ocean Park, Hancock Park, West Hollywood.

Helping Your Teen “Grow-Up”

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Is your teen commonly feeling cranky, irritable and unhappy? Do they skip assignments in school? Do they defy the limits you set for them? Are they struggling socially, unable to make or keep solid friendships?

Becoming a mature teenager means learning to take other’s needs into consideration, learning to empathize with other’s feelings, learning to treat others with respect, and learning to make decisions beyond what their friends think. Self-absorption is something that teens need to grow out of on the path to becoming young adults.

It is understandable and appropriate for a small child to believe that the world revolves solely around them. They often have no idea how tired their mother may feel at the end of her day. They cannot begin to imagine the sacrifices their parents make for them. Nor can they understand the sadness, hurt and frustration parents may experience in their day to day life. To a small child’s reasoning, their parents solely exist to take care of their needs. Small children tend to live in the “now” with little tolerance for waiting. Small children are developmentally expected to be self-preoccupied, self-indulgent, and self-important.

Obstacles to maturity can include learning disabilities, ADHD, and psychological traumas. A parent’s depression, marital discord, substance abuse, employment challenges, and lack of knowledge of helpful adolescent child-rearing techniques can also impact a child’s developmental progression.

Worried About Your Teen? FREE Parent Consultation

For more information, please visit my website:

SandraDupont.com

verified by Psychology Today

Adolescent Therapist|Parent Coach|Teen Mentor

Providing service for: Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Beverly Glen, Culver City, Brentwood, Westwood, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Topanga Beach and Topanga Canyon, Ocean Park, Hancock Park, West Hollywood.