Read about what material will be taught as part of the curriculum for specific weeks.
Discover reasons for teen misbehavior while getting to know each other. Break into two groups: one for teens and one for parents and talk about what your family has been going through.
Identify "buttons" pushed by teens and parents during conflict and learn "button-busting" strategies. Many teens know how to control the mood and direction of arguments by pushing your buttons; it allows them to get their own way and can make you too emotional to respond in the best way. Learn button-buster strategies to stay in charge.
Create a Family Agreement about rules you want to see your teen follow. The main reason why Family Agreements are so successful is because it has input from your teen, counselors, and other families who are in the same situation.
Discuss proven strategies to bring you and your teen closer. This has been talked about by parents and teens as the best class because it helps to soften your relationship and bring back some of the loving care and attention to the relationship.
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