Positive Parenting: The Pre-Teen & Teen Years

As parents, our need is to be needed; as teenagers their need is not to need us. This conflict is real: we experience it daily as we help those we love become independent from us.
— Dr. Haim Ginott

Complex peer relationships, heightened academic pressure and body image struggles are just some of the issues that significantly impact kids as they enter their teen years. And the stakes are much higher than when these kids were younger- they are facing decisions daily that may impact their lives forever. They need the adults in their lives to help guide them, but also to teach them how to be independent and responsible for themselves. In this group, parents will learn evidence-based approaches for navigating the middle school and high school years. The following topics are covered:

  1. How brains continue to develop through adolescence and the basic neurobiology behind impulsiveness, moodiness and risk-taking.

  2. Specific tools for using both empathy and limit-setting as a way of teaching a teen self-reliance, independence and social responsibility.

  3. How to develop respectful and open communication, while also teaching a teen to manage conflict.

  4. Handling issues such as screen-time, social media, sibling rivalry, schoolwork, etc.

  5. Summaries of recent research in the area of child development that can help guide your parenting decisions.


Classes involve a combination of psycho-education, experiential exercises, and group discussion.


Mondays 9:00am-10:30am
September 16, 23, 30 & October 7, 21, 28
(No group on Columbus Day)

*Click here to let me know if you are interested in this same group if offered at a different time.


The Center for Integrative Counseling & Wellness
62 Derby Street, Suite 6
Hingham, MA 02043


$300 for one participant
$500 for two participants (You can sign up with a co-parent, another family member or a friend!)

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