Dungog Shire Community Centre launches Tuning into Teen program for parents

TUNED IN: Emotional intelligence is the basis of any great relationship says Sarah U'Brien from Dungog Shire Community Centre. The centre is launching a 'Tuning Into Teens' four-week program this Thursday evening from 6.30pm to help parents better understand and support their teenagers.

TUNED IN: Emotional intelligence is the basis of any great relationship says Sarah U'Brien from Dungog Shire Community Centre. The centre is launching a 'Tuning Into Teens' four-week program this Thursday evening from 6.30pm to help parents better understand and support their teenagers.

Tuning Into Teens: Four-week program, commencing 6.30pm this Thursday (8th) at the Dungog Shire Community Centre for parents to help better understand, support and communicate with their teenagers.

Emotional intelligence is the basis of any great relationship, including our partners and wider friendship groups and of course our families.

‘Tuning Into Teens’ is an evidence-based program supporting parents to develop greater understanding of their child’s emotions and behaviours, strengthening their relationships with their family unit, and also gaining insight to our own emotional awareness.

As we all know our kids often face difficult situations, where they feel like they have to deal with them on their own. Often the school day is brought home to the family where all the stress and emotions of the day can be safely “dumped”, but sometimes this is done in a way that can trigger family conflict and further distress.

How we respond to these feelings and recognising what our own emotional triggers are as parents makes the world of difference when supporting our kids through these times.

Home and family should be our safest place to work through these tricky feelings, and as parents it can seem pretty daunting and overwhelming as we often find we are in unknown territory, and not knowing the best way to offer support.

Emotion coaching is all about developing and strengthening our ability to control and express our emotions safely, as well as handle our relationships with others with empathy.

Emotional Intelligence helps us to be aware of how we feel and control our own emotions, it helps us to understand them and to manage them in a way that is safe and right for us and others.

It also helps us develop empathy, which is being able to feel into someone else’s situation and respond in a kind and helpful manner. It allows us to understand what others feel and perceive and how our emotions will make them feel.

As parents we often go straight into problem solving and “fix it mode”. Anything to make the ones we love stop hurting  and find the quickest and easiest solutions.

But this is often the worst thing we can do. When we shut down emotions, or if we are uncomfortable with sadness or anger we can send the wrong messages, often making the situation worse in the long run.

Our Tuning Into Teens four-week program will be commencing this Thursday evening at the Dungog Shire Community Centre 6.30pm to 8.30pm, and will be facilitated by our Youth and Family Counsellor.

They say it takes a village to raise a child and the more we can educate and support one another as families in our community the happier, stronger and healthier our children will be.