Families come in many different shapes and sizes and our primary role as parents is to raise our children to know love, decency and respect, to have a deep sense of who they are and to know their value in their community and our world. This is so obvious when they are first born, yet as they get older it gets harder and harder to maintain that focus. Life gets busy, behaviours begin to manifest and we start to cope and to manage till we don't cope or manage and we look for help.
The Why Be You Project has responded to what it sees parents need in order to better support themselves and their growing children as they navigate through the challenges of the teenage years. With changing behaviours and frequently exaggerated mood swings that can take lead over logical thinking, parents can end up feeling under-prepared, under-resourced and overwhelmed by the ever-changing landscape of parenting.
The Why Be You presentations, workshops and programs offer practical discussion around these challenges as well as a fresh approach to parenting teens. For a list of available parenting support groups please see the events page.
As a parent, youth worker and group facilitator, Lucy offers an experienced voice in this space. She support parents through local parenting groups and privately via Skype or in person.
Contact Lucy to find out more about these groups or to organise a private session.
"Parenting teenagers can be incredibly challenging because it asks you to be genuine, honest, to make life about more than what we do, to see beyond the behaviour. Sometimes, you may have thought you were being all those things only to find our picture of what we thought a happy family was being smashed and dealing with the fall out by feeling permanently on the back foot."
"The pressure to have all the answers and get it right can break the most educated and highly qualified adult! Where is the rule book and why is my teenager not playing to it?! Yet parenting is about connection and love - the rest is incidental"