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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Course helps children and parents get along better
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¬†More than 100 parents of students at a Catholic college in South London have attended workshops aimed at improving their relationships with their children. Wimbledon College set up the course two-and-a-half years ago with the aid of two of the Jesuit school's parent governors, Patricia Turner and Teresa Weeks, who were the first facilitators. The course consists of six sessions, with approximately 10 ≠ 14 parents in a group. Each week, they explore a different theme, such as active listening, encouraging teenagers, managing conflict, teenagers and discipline and healthy family attitudes. The parents use video and role-plays as well as discussion to identify how problems can be dealt with and at the end of each session there is a time for reflection and a prayer. "Teenagers can present a wide range of problems to their parents," said Wimbledon College's Deputy Head Teacher, Vincent Capaldi. "Much of the time the problems, perceived or otherwise, are the result of what becomes increasingly difficult communication between parents and their children. At Wimbledon College we wanted to do something to help, and now well over 100 parents have attended the courses. They've proved very popular and demand remains high: they're always oversubscribed. We would like to see the course expand further to allow more groups to do the course at the same time". Members of the Jesuit community at the school have been fully involved in the courses, and other members of staff have helped plan and run them. In a follow-up session, the teenagers are invited along to find out what has been presented to their parents, after which the parents meet to review the course and identify what differences have occurred in the relationships with their children. Source: Jesuit Communications Service
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